Art History Memory Game with Free Printable

Greetings! I had planned on posting on the topic of art history for toddlers and preschoolers this week, but got distracted by a Southern snowstorm. The kids have been out of school for three days which has allowed us lots of time for creative projects and quiet downtime. It presented the perfect opportunity to create an art history memory card game, which I’ve wanted to do for some time now.



The game features 15 famous works of art by masters such as Raphael Sanzio, Henri Matisse, Piero della Francesca and Frida Kahlo. The images are mostly comprised of Western art, with Indian and African art represented as well.


My son and oldest daughter played several rounds of Memory with the cards yesterday. Each time a card was flipped over, I would announce the name of the artwork and artist. Kolbe and Anders didn’t even realize they were getting an art history lesson amidst all the fun! They even learned about historical figures such as Neferneferuaten Nefertiti and Gautama Buddha. They already knew about Jesus and Mary, who also make a appearance.


Make an Art History Memory Game:

1. Download and print the cards using the links below.


Art History Memory Cards One  |  Art History Memory Cards Two

Art History Memory Cards Three  |  Art History Memory Cards Four

Art History Memory Cards Five

I printed the cards on 65# white card stock. This stock wasn’t heavy enough so I used spray mount to glue them to an even heavier cardstock. You can always have them laminated instead which would give the cards more longevity. I cut them out using a utility knife which made for cleaner lines, but scissors would work fine as well.



These cards are so versatile and the possibilities are limitless. Here are five more activities involving the cards.

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  1. Wonderful idea for this game and Thank You for sharing. I teach art at a private classical school. I teach all grades K-12. The classical format is based on history and so I do lots of art history. I have used several of your ideas recently. This week I am teaching an architecture unit to 9-12 and am using your idea of a scavenger hunt or I-spy game to find examples of doric, ionic and corinthian in our area. I used your printable for place cards for my Thanksgiving dinner! I added a couple more since I had 21 guests. I have also been working on preschool art history lessons, I’ve been giving our pre-schoolers a 30 minute lesson once a week. I’ve had a few winners and would be glad to share them with you.

    • Kristen Nelson says:

      Hi Janice! What important work you are doing. I am so happy to hear that this site is helpful in your teaching efforts and I would love to see samples of the preschoolers’s work. You can post it in the comments where you can attach a photo. Unfortunately you can only post one photo per comment, but feel free to post lots of comments. I love comments! Or you can post images on my Facebook page. Oh, and that was quite the Thanksgiving feast, I bet. I hope your guests enjoyed the place cards. I looked at your site and you are a very talented illustrator. Happy to have you here at Art History Mom and keep up the good work!

  2. What a great idea for a game! One thing I like to do with pictures is to lay them all out and find two that have some kind of similarity,each person taking a turn to create a new set. It’s a different game every time we play. I’m looking forward to seeing your other ideas!

  3. You are so awesome. I LOVE this game and I just told my husband that we need to get a laminator, because I just want to keep these around forever.

  4. Oh- I forgot to say how nice it is to see some non-western art thrown in the mix!

  5. These are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing so we can play at home!

  6. I LOVE THIS! The printables are so cool. Downloading now…..

  7. Awesome resource. Thank you SO much for sharing! I just tweeted and pinned it in the hopes of sharing it with many more!

  8. Just found your site via this post via Pinterest. I am in love!!

  9. Thank you so much!! These are wonderful.

  10. These are marvelous! What I fun way to familiarize children with famous pieces of art. Printing these myself and adding them to my art pinterest board. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Super Cute! Thanks for the great ideas!

  12. I love this. I just came across your site from your link up with twodaloo. Another idea to make the matching game have a bit more complexity is to make these into three part cards. One card to remain the same and then cut the label off the other. They would then have to pay attention not only to the picture but the words as well. Adding another dimension.

  13. This is so cool! I love this idea. PInned. :D

  14. Looking for something my elderly mother might do to play a memory game. These look great! Especially if you have a parent who enjoys art. Nice job!

  15. Wonderful idea. I need to spend some time on your site. My son and I will play an art game or two. Pinning

  16. Hello Kristen,
    I’ve discovered you art history memory game on Pinterest.
    I would like to make a French & Russian version of it; would it be possible to get a Word file?


  17. We have been using these cards for months and absolutely love them!! Now that my children know all of these artists and works of art, they are asking for more! Can you make more versions with new artists and works of art? Pretty please?! Thanks so much!

  18. dispa sophie says:

    Hello ! What a wonderful idea ! I discovered you on pinterest.
    I would like to have a password and be allowed to sign in !
    Thank you very much!

  19. Lily Moselle says:

    Thank you so much for the art history memory cards I have been in need of art history themed games like this for a while, and haven’t had the time to make them. I can’t wait to try them out!

    - Lily


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