Great Works of Art Game for Kids

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Affiliate Links Want to familiarize your kids with the great artists? I found a card game that does just that —  My Big Art Show, a game about great works of art, by Susie Hodge.

Great Works of Art Game for Kids

There are a variety of games you can play with My Big Art Show. We prefer the Rummy game. In the Rummy game, your object is to put on your own art show by collecting a set of cards with the same theme and a set of cards with the same movement. The photo below shows you where on the card you’ll see movement and theme.

art history card game

At the end of each game, the winner counts up his or her total points using the stars located at the bottom of each card. These stars indicate the same and value of each piece of art. (Yes, the Michelangelo is worth a lot — 5 stars– and also valued at 5 stars.)

The art history movements within the game are: Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Pop Art.

The art themes are: people, place, story, still life, religion, and animals.

As you can tell, the artwork included in the game spans quite a bit of history.

my big art show card game

You can also play the games: “Art snap match-up,” “Gallery trumps!” “Guess the theme of the art show” and “Guess the name of the artist.”

Below you’ll notice the Bonus Cards which are only used for the Rummy game and removed for all other games.

My Big Art Show bonus cards

I love that the accompanying book explains so much art history — it covers the movements and themes as well as each artist’s artwork and more about it.

My Big Art Show book

My only complaint with this game is that so few female artists (only 2) were included. Boo. I realize that historically many women weren’t accepted into the art world yet the game missed talented women artists who were prominent in their day. I’m thinking of artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, and Grandma Moses.

What do you think? Would your kids like this game?

My Big Art Show game and book review

Disclosure: I received a complementary game of My Big Art Show from Thames & Hudson

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