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At the beginning of each month, on a dedicated display board, post up an example of an artist's work. I then encourage the children to find out the name of the artist and the name of the picture.
The second week another picture is added and again I set a competition to see if they can name this week's picture. This continues for the rest of the month, with the display ever changing. Once the first week is over and the children have discovered who the artist is, I add biographical information, facts and questions about the artist, to make an interactive display. I have a selection of books available to help them find the artist. When the children have entered the competition I usually hand out a prize for the correct answer at the end of the week.
This has certainly been a good way of my class being able to distinguish a Mondrian from a Monet!