I use this activity as a review for AP Art History, however, you could also do this activity throughout the year to check for understanding. It would also work in a regular art history course.
Students are asked to pretend that they are 15 different artists, creating during 15 different time periods/ art movements. They must create a work, and write an artist bio touching on the content and context of the piece.
This assignment forces students to dig deep into understanding each art style, and what was taking place during the time period. It's also a nice break from reading, and allows them to do some hands on activities.