I'm excited to bring back the Mystery Artist game this upcoming school year. Students see to really enjoy it and it's a great way to introduce an artist or movement and drum up some excitement. Plus, I love to reward kids that go above and beyond.
Every month I post a different artwork on the mystery artist board. Students are encouraged to reflect back on previous artists and artwork that has been explored in the past, to discuss artwork with friends and family and see if they know which artwork is being described, or explore artist books and information during free time in the art room.
Students have all month to talk, look up, think about who was responsible for the artwork and submit one guess. I leave one box low for students to reach blank raffle slips, where they write their name, their guess, and teacher's name. The other box is high up and I usually place their filled out forms up there.
At the month's end I draw a name, if it's correct they win! If it's not, I just keep pulling until I get someone that is correct. At this point, I print a certificate, announce their names over the announcements, and present them with a wrapped art supply, usually something that I picked up as a sample at one of the conferences that I've attended but you could do anything! That's the beauty of it, you could make as big, or little of a deal as you wanted.
Below are the documents that I use. Feel free to take, tweak, or use as is.