What is It? A. Pintura: Art Detective is an online game about art history and art composition. In the game, you play a 1940's noir detective with a degree in art history. A distraught woman asks you to identify the artist who made a painting she found in her grandfather's attic. To do so, you must examine paintings by famous artists from Gauguin to Van Gogh. Each example highlights an art concept such as composition, style or subject. The story concludes with an appropriate noirish twist, as the woman's true identity and motives become apparent.
Who Can Play? A. Pintura: Art Detective is designed for 4th-graders and up. Students can play the game independently or in small groups. You can assign (and modify, as you like) the A. Pintura study worksheet for assessment and accountability. The worksheet requires students to play the game thoroughly and explore each artist (even if they figured out the correct answer early on). Some teachers have also used this activity with their entire class by projecting the computer screen on the wall. Use the teacher key for guidance in correcting.
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