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Sometimes the month of March can be a LONG one--especially if there is still wintry weather outside or if Spring Break falls toward the end of April. Have no fear: this spin on March Madness is an engaging way to get students invested in art history!
This resource provides an outline for a M(art)ch Madness project, which requires:
1) Each student in the room selects an artist from ANY time period.
2) Students complete a short presentation on this artist. A list of requirements is outlined in the Project Overview Document.
3) Once artists are selected, a bracket is made that pairs one artist with another.
4) Presentation: Based on the pairings, both students will present on the same day. Classmates vote on which artist they prefer via Google Form immediately following the presentations. Winning artists are chosen, and they move on to the next round of M(art)ch Madness.
Once artists make it to round 2, you are welcome to format the rest of this project as you wish. Some variations include:
1) Having students present a specific work by their artist, not previously seen by the class. Can you convince your peers to vote for your artist again based on only one work of art?
2) Make next round surveys as you make your way to the overall winner.
3) Do lightning round 30 second explanations using art terminology of why your artist deserves to move on.
This resource provides you with one Project Overview document and One Blank M(art)ch Madness bracket. An example bracket with 30 artists' names is also included. Document is a PDF.