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 for my class to be able to distinguish a Mondrian from a Monet!