🎨German Level 1, Activity 05: Jagd nach Kunst / Hunting for Art (Face to Face)

Photo of an artist's pallette, paintbrush and paint
Daian Gans Pexels
Description: First, students will view a slide with works from German artists.  They are going to describe the art with old and new adjectives.  There is a clue about art in the warm-up word slide, Deutsche Adjektive. (it is written in the colors of the rainbow and then the three primary colors). Then students put these new and old adjectives to use as they digitally search museums in Berlin, hunting for art that depicts certain adjectives.  Finally, in the end students share about other types of German art they enjoy – music, architecture, design, etc.
Semantic Topics:  art, kunst, artists, künstler, adjectives, adjektive, museums,  museen, descriptions, beschreibungen.

Products: Language, Sprache, Words, Wörter, Adjectives, Adjektive, Museums of Berlin digital site, Staaliche Museen zu Berlin digitale Seite.

Practices:  Hunting for art that depicts certain adjectives. Jagd nach Kunst, die bestimmte Adjektive darstellt.

Perspectives: Value of German art and artists. Wert deutscher Kunst und Künstler.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards: 

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho State Content Standards: 

  • Objective: COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: CLTR: 1.1:    Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm of the target culture.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can take a list of adjectives and apply them to different works of art
  • I can describe different pieces of art to my peers
  • I can answer questions about German art and artists


Before the activity, the instructor should print and cut out the list of German adjectives (located in the materials needed section).  Vor der Aktivität sollte der Lehrer die Liste der deutschen Adjektive ausdrucken und ausschneiden (befindet sich im Abschnitt benötigte Materialien).

1. Begin by going over the Can-Do Statements.  Gehen Sie zunächst die Kann-Aussagen durch.

2. Divide the students in groups of 2 or 3.  Teilen Sie die Schüler in 2er- oder 3er-Gruppen ein.

3. Show the slide with the list of adjectives.  Ask if there are any questions about the adjective list.  Zeigen Sie die Folie mit der Liste der Adjektive. Fragen Sie, ob Sie Fragen zur Adjektivliste haben.

4. Randomly hand out the pre-cut adjectives to the group.  Verteilen Sie zufällig die vorgefertigten Adjektive an die Gruppe.

5. Either print the slide containing the German artwork or have that slide displayed.  Drucken Sie entweder die Folie mit dem deutschen Bildmaterial aus oder lassen Sie sich diese Folie anzeigen.

6. Have the students assign the correct adjectives to different artworks.  Lassen Sie die Schüler verschiedenen Kunstwerken die richtigen Adjektive zuordnen.

Main Activity

Tell the students they are tasked with assisting an art curator in setting up a small, pop-up art exhibition.  The curator needs different art types and styles to make a complete collection.  Sagen Sie den Schülern, dass sie die Aufgabe haben, einem Kunstkurator bei der Einrichtung einer kleinen Pop-up-Kunstausstellung zu helfen. Der Kurator benötigt verschiedene Kunstarten und -stile, um eine vollständige Sammlung zu erstellen.

1. Divide the students into groups of 2 or 3.  Divide out the adjective cards among the groups.   Teilen Sie die Schüler in 2er- oder 3er-Gruppen auf. Teilen Sie die Adjektivkarten auf die Gruppen auf.

2. Make sure each group can access the web:  phones, iPad, laptop and have them access the digital link for the state museums in Berlin (located in the materials needed section). Stellen Sie sicher, dass jede Gruppe auf das Internet zugreifen kann: Telefone, iPad, Laptop, und lassen Sie sie auf den digitalen Link für die Staatlichen Museen in Berlin zugreifen (befindet sich im Abschnitt „Benötigte Materialien“).

3. Each group is responsible for finding a work of art that depicts at least four of the adjectives used in the warm-up.  Jede Gruppe ist dafür verantwortlich, ein Kunstwerk zu finden, das mindestens vier der im Warm-up verwendeten Adjektive darstellt.

4. With about 10 minutes left have the students come back together and, using their adjectives, share about the artwork they found.  Nach etwa 10 Minuten kommen die Schüler wieder zusammen und tauschen sich unter Verwendung ihrer Adjektive über die Kunstwerke aus, die sie gefunden haben.


Ask students the following question(s) to end the activity:

  • Welche deutsche Kunst / Künstler mögen Sie? (What German art / artists do you like?)
  • Gibt es andere Arten von deutscher Kunst, die Sie mögen – Architektur, Musik, Design? (Are there other types of German art you enjoy – architecture, music, design?)

End of Activity:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can take a list of adjectives and apply them to different works of art
  • I can describe different pieces of art to my peers
  • I can answer questions about German art and artists

Cultural Resources

Linked is a video from the Deutsches Historisches Museum from Museums.love.  This is an English video touring a little of the museum and talks about the great renovation that the museum is undertaking.  The second video is a tour of Museuminsel.  It is all German with no subtitles, but good for a tour of Museuminsel.

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