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Art Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Art Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Here’s a great Art Scavenger Hunt List created by art teacher Abigael Escobal from Mohegan Lake, NY.  (Reposted with permission)  Her list is a brilliant way to get students (or any kids) familiar with luminaries of art history, the genres their works belong to and an appreciation for the emotions and ideas that art can evoke.  Some items from the scavenger hunt list include:

  • loneliness
  • repetition
  • monochromatic
  • romance
  • religious
  • food
  • public sculpture
  • tessellation
  • pop art
  • abstract
  • Japanese
  • typographic
  • and more
Following are detailed instructions for teachers and a link to the downloadable scavenger hunt list:

The Plan

Students will go on a scavenger hunt for various works of art based on clues that they are given. They will hunt 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.

Estimated completion time: 3 sessions; 40 minutes per session


  • learn art concepts and ideas from a variety of artwork as they are searching for their clues
  • work in groups to hunt down different works of art based on given clues
  • identify a variety of art work and artists based on the works’ unique themes, subject matter, and media


  • Worksheet with clues
  • Internet access
  • Various art books, magazines and gallery cards

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 list 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 list, 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.

Author’s Notes

This can work well in a field trip. Adjust your scavenger hunt clues based on the ideas relevant to your classroom.

Download the Art Scavenger Hunt List

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My name is Steven Swanson, Scavenger hunt connoisseur. Treasure hunt aficionado. Wielder of French words. Starbucks addict. Gym rat wanna-be. Full time Dad. Part time technophile. Curator of this particular rabbit hole. Connect with me on Google+

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