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High [9th-12th] Worksheet

Art Scavenger Hunt

Created on March 27, 2012 by Abbyesc

Students will go on a scavenger hunt for various works of art based on clues that they are given. They will look for the artwork in different books, magazines, gallery cards, and the Internet. They must identify the title of the work, the artist, and the date created as well as which resource they found it from. In this lesson, students will work together but they can work individually.

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3 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT to learn about a variety of artwork as they are searching for their clues
2. SWBAT work in groups to hunt down different works of art based on given clues
3. SWBAT identify a variety of art work and artists based on the works’ unique themes, subject matter, and media

1)Worksheet with clues
2)Internet access
3)Various art books, magazines and gallery cards

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Motivation and Exploration:

Once the students are settled in the classroom, I (or a student volunteer) will pass out the packet. Next, I will say:

This packet is for an Art Scavenger Hunt. On the top page is a list of clues. In a groups of 2-3, You will use the art books, magazines, gallery cards or the Internet to help you find works of art based on the clues. The next pages on the packet are where you will list the art works you have found.


Students will start by picking their groups. They will start looking for the clues in the art books or on the Internet. I will walk around the classroom, observing progress and assisting them as needed. Also, I will take notes on who is working together.

Clean up:
One to two minutes before the end of class, students will hand in their packets to me and put the art books back in a safe spot. Those on the computer will log off.

Student progress will vary. Also, they can work on their packet at the same time as doing another project. Estimated time is one week.

This packet is a group effort therefore all individuals receive the same grade. In the packet, there are 30 clues and each is worth half a point (all fields must be completed in order to earn the half point) for a total of 15 points. If I am unsure about a clue, I will look it up. Also, if I notice a student not participating fully within his or her group, I will adjust the score accordingly.

This can work well in a field trip. Adjust your clues based on what is relevant to your classroom.


  • MsLundstrum 05/16/2012 at 12:28pm
    This will be a great activity to use at the end of the semester as students finish their final projects at different times.

    This would also be a good idea for an activity during the beginning of a course. It would be an excellent way for students to look at relevant pieces of artwork and to get them excited for content!

  • jfrisco 09/29/2012 at 08:47pm
    I can adapt this for my elementary students! Thank you for the inspiration! I have done scavenger hunts in the past, but they were focused on media and tools... a way to have students get acquainted with the Art room. I like the idea of using this as a formative assessment... elements of art, art styles, artists we have studied, etc. I'm looking forward to incorporating this scavenger hunt into our Youth Fine Arts Month Exhibit. Each student will have an artwork displayed. I have to brainstorm the best way to adapt it to fit my needs. Again, thank you. :)

  • Abbyesc 10/01/2012 at 06:31am
    Thank you for your kind words everyone! I'm definitely going to use your ideas in the future.

  • luv_art 05/27/2013 at 05:38am
    This is my first year teaching high school art, I have taught elementary for 7 years. I can't wait to use this as an "ice breaker" for the first week of classes. Excellent idea!!!