Who ARTed: Weekly Art History for All Ages

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Arts Madness Tournament

February 17, 2022

For the last few years, I have had a lot of fun with my students exploring art history through a tournament of artists. I randomly assigned 64 diverse artists to different spots in a bracketed tournament modeled after the popular NCAA March Madness tradition. Each week, voters will decide which artists deserve to advance to the next round. I have the brackets up on my website www.whoartedpodcast.com 

More information about the Arts Madness tournament is on the Arts Madness page I would encourage all my fellow art teachers to try this as an entry routine for the spring. It only takes a few minutes to get the kids voting but they will become incredibly engaged in debating which artist is better than another. I have also included a page showing all 64 artists, their works and an episode about them to help kids learn about any artist who catches their eye. To help get them hooked, I have a little prize as well. On my Arts Madness page, I have a prediction form open from now through March 6. Fill out who you think will win and why. At the end of the tournament, I will raffle off Amazon gift cards to a few people who correctly predicted the winner. Additionally, at the end of the tournament, I will read a few people's statements about why that artist deserved to win when I announce the winning artist on the podcast.

This is a fun and easy way to get your students critically engaged in analyzing artworks from all around the world. Please give it a try in your classroom to help your students discover the joy of exploring art history.


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