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A large vocabulary is important when learning and teaching a foreign language. Describing an artwork in Spanish will make the vocabulary stick. How?

Describing an artwork in Spanish taps into language processing in the brain. The learner:

  • starts with an image
  • names the things and actions
  • connects the word with an image
  • processes both into the memory

Not only that, but the learner also listens, speaks, writes, and reads these words in Spanish.

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You can use this article for the artwork talking points.

Art Study in Spanish Steps

There are five steps to describe art in Spanish. Preparation for art study is done. You’re now on the first step of describing the story and details of the artwork. Navigate the articles below to jump to another step.

Let’s take a look at the first step, the Spanish art vocabulary – and what we can talk about for this step!

Spanish Art Vocabulary to Learn Spanish

Step 1 – Show and Tell

Length | 5 minutes

First, begin with a short introduction to the artist and the artwork. Share information about the artist and their life and what they are best known for. Tell what makes this one unique.

Then, continue to describe the story in the picture.

Spanish Phrases to Describe Artwork

El título es … — The title is ….
La fecha de creación fue … (año). — The date of creation was…. (year).
Fue hecho por … (artista) de … (lugar). — It was made by …. (artist’s) from… (place).

Spanish Vocabulary for Art Forms

Types of art in Spanish:

Es un/una (forma artística)… — It is a (type of art)…

— escultura — sculpture
— dibujo — drawing
— pintura — painting
— esbozo — sketch
— mural — mural
— fotografía — photograph
— ilustración — illustration
— cerámica — ceramic
— talla — carving
— tejido — weaving
— arquitectura — architecture
— artesanía — handicraft

Spanish Vocabulary for Art Materials

Está hecho de o sobre (materiales)… –It’s made of or on (materials)…

—óleo (sobre madera o tela) — oil (on wood or canvas)
— acrílico — acrylic 
— acuarela — watercolor
— carboncillo — charcoal
— pasteles — pastels
— tinta — ink
— arcilla — clay
— madera — wood
— plástico — plastic
— mármol — marble
— piedra — stone
— granito — granite
— metal — metal
— caliza — limestone
— medio mixto — mixed media

Questions to Describe The Story

¿Qué ves? — What do you see?
Yo veo... — I see…
Hay… — There is…
¿Qué veo? — What do I see?
Yo veo… — I see…
Hay… — There is…
¿Qué está dónde? — What is where?
(Objeto o persona) está… — (Object or person) is…

Questions to Describe Action

¿Qué pasa? — What’s happening?
¿Qué hace? — What is he/she doing?

These are the basic vocabulary for art in Spanish. The answers cover just about everything under the sun. This just skims the surface of introducing the artwork. From here you can add detail on:

  • The objects
  • The action
  • The personal traits
  • The feelings
  • Many themes

That would require an entire book to list the Spanish art vocabulary. Well, I did that for you already. Check it out!

Want a complete resource for Spanish art words that’s done for you?

Introducing… Art Study in Spanish

The Art Study in Spanish Bundle is your go-to resource for describing art in Spanish. You’ll have everything you need to describe an artwork in Spanish:

Resources to describe:

  • the artist and artwork
  • the story,
  • the element,
  • the design principles of art
  • your opinion of the artwork in Spanish.

Not only that, but the learner also listens, speaks, writes, and reads these words in Spanish.

It is flexible to adapt to any learning style and proficiency level.

Each step easily lays out the questions and answer prompts for beginner through advanced proficiency levels. Your student can demonstrate their learning on an interactive worksheet.

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Or you can pull together bits and pieces for talking about art on your own over time.


Some basic Spanish art vocabulary makes it possible to introduce some facts about an artwork.

  • The artist and title
  • The art form
  • The materials
  • The story

And a whole volume about all this in the Art Study in Spanish Bundle.

Now that you have resources and Spanish art vocabulary under your belt, you’re ready to draw. Good job!

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