Adjective, Adjective Noun

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This lesson encourages drawing skills, imagination, and a sense of humor. Students will also learn about adjectives and nouns.

By Nancy Tompkins [Nancy is an art teacher at St. Luke’s School in New York City]


Students will build upon their drawing skills, imagination, and senses of humor as they learn about adjectives and nouns.


  • Adjective: An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun by describing, identifying, or quantifying words. An adjective usually precedes the noun or the pronoun which it modifies. (ie: a blue truck; a happy baby; a sneaky bird)
  • Noun: A noun is a word used to name a person, animal, place, thing, and abstract idea.

What You Need:

  • pencil
  • paper
  • coloring tools (optional)
  • list of adjectives (provided by teacher)
  • list of nouns (provided by teacher)

What You Do:

    1. I started out by cutting up many little strips of paper.
    2. On one pile of paper strips I wrote adjectives, and on another, nouns (I made the words simpler or more sophisticated according to the age group.)
    3. I put the strips face down into two separate boxes.
    4. Each student took two strips from the adjective box and one from the noun box.
    5. They then had to do a drawing of what the words meant when put together.

For example:

      • “Intelligent skinny poodle”
      • “Bratty angelic snowman”
      • “Friendly messy pencil”
      • “Tiny wiggly office building”
      • etc.

Find more at the Adjective Noun generator!

  • The trick is to think about adjectives that are easy to portray.

Students love this project!

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