Visiting the art capital

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Vocabulary - adjectives to describe art

adjectives to describe art


This lesson plan is all about New York. Students will discuss some quotes about New York, watch a video about art in this city and learn adjectives to describe art

B1 / Intermediate
B2 / Upper Intermediate
60 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan


At the beginning of the lesson, students look at three photos of New York and try to guess what city it is and what the places are called. They also discuss what the city is famous for and why it attracts people. Then, students read three quotations about New York and discuss which of them they think are true. Before watching the video, students look at one more quote and think what it might mean. Then, they watch the video and check their answers. Before the second viewing, students read seven sentences and replace the words with those in the box (e.g. contemporary, extraordinary, vibrant). The words include adjectives to describe art. Then, students decide if the ideas from the statements were mentioned in the video. They check their answers during the second viewing. Finally, they discuss some questions about the video. They also talk about other cities which are known for their art scene, and about the art scene in their country. 


In this part of the lesson, students read two descriptions of museums and decide which of them refers to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and which to The Museum of Modern Art. To help them do that, the teacher can show them the photos of the two museums. The links to the photos are provided in the worksheet. After that, students look at the descriptions again and words that fall into three categories: adjectives to describe art (e.g. classical, abstract), words for describing buildings (e.g. brand-new, accessible), words describing types of art (e.g. sketches, landscapes). Then, students move on to another speaking task and decide whether they agree with some statements and practise talking about art. Finally, students imagine that they are planning an art show. They have to describe it using several questions as a guide




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  1. Agata Jurkowska

    Is London next ? Hope so 🙂 Thank you for another great lesson!

    1. Justa

      Why not? That’s a good idea, thanks 🙂

  2. Filipe Nunes

    Just finished preparing this lesson for some of my students. I really enjoyed it and I’m sure it will be a splendid lesson. Great lesson. Thanks a bunch!

    1. Olia

      It’s great that you liked it! I hope your students enjoy it too 🙂

  3. RosaZ

    Very interesting ! I loved it

    1. Olia

      Thanks for your feedback! We’re really glad to hear that

  4. Sam O Neill

    Very interesting lesson for my young Spanish students. Thanks again, you guys are life savers!!

    1. Olia

      Thank you! Always happy to help:)

  5. annamanna88

    I find this lesson to be a little bit too difficult for B1 students.

    1. Olia

      We see your concern. This lesson works well with B2-level students, but it’s worth giving your stronger B1 students a shot. Especially if they find the topic interesting:)

  6. Teacher_AnaPaula

    Very interesting lesson plan! Thanks a lot!

  7. Fundamental

    Great and very useful lesson! Thank you!

    1. Olia

      Thanks for the comment 😍

  8. Gypsy Moon

    Thank you for the material.
    I was wondering if this material could come with a podcast or a video?
    Respectfully, an ESL professor.

    1. Olia

      Thank for the comment! This lesson contains a video about New York and its art world. If I happen to come across a podcast related to the topic, I’ll make sure to share it here 🙂


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