Create Your Own Customized Art Quiz
March 2011 SchoolArts
Want to mix up your les- son presentations and review concepts? Try integrating quiz games.
Instead of displaying art prints on the
board and asking related questions,
you can easily generate a digital ver-
sion for groups or individuals at school.
Create your own learning games with
images using two of my favorite online
tools: MyStudiyo and PhotoPeach. Both
require registration to create a quiz, but
no registration is necessary to actually
play, making it easy for your students
MyStudiyo is a good place to start making your own quiz to use with students
in school or from home (mystudiyo.
com). This interactive game lets users
click on answers, immediately revealing the correct response. Text, images,
or video from a You Tube or Teacher-Tube link can be added to any question or as an introduction to the quiz.
Students can also respond and elaborate
on answers in an open-ended written
format. Once the quiz has been completed, answer results are displayed.
Embed any MyStudiyo quiz on your
website for students to try at home or
use in class as a learning extension for
any curricular topic.
Test yourself with a MyStudiyo
quiz created by the Brooklyn Museum,
titled “Can You Unearth the Truth?”
( tinyurl.com/BrooklynMus). Or try
other quizzes including “The Elements
of Art” ( tinyurl.com/2afm3ye), “Art
Attack: Name the Artist” ( tinyurl.com/
NameArtist), and “Art Classification”
( tinyurl.com/26t3uuv). If you are willing to ignore the advertisement that
appears at the end of a completed quiz,
MyStudiyo can be a great option to use
in your classroom.
My other favorite online quiz tool is
PhotoPeach ( photopeach.com). This
free service is generally used to create
movie slide shows, but it also con-
tains a hidden quiz feature. Unlike
MyStudiyo, which requires you to
select your answer by pressing a but-
ton, PhotoPeach plays in a movie
format with a ticking countdown for
each image, creating a continual pre-
sentation. Students can process their
answers by recording their answer on
paper or holding up one, two, or three
fingers corresponding to their best
Creating Active Participants
Encouraging reflective thinking and
personal interpretations of content can
still be used in a quiz format. Make
time in class for discussion of the quiz
and apply understanding to other areas
of your curriculum. Instead of a lecture, challenge older students to create
a game and become active participants
in their own learning. In any approach
to art education, bringing in digital
game elements can add a dynamic component to your art curriculum.
Theresa McGee is art teacher at Monroe
Elementary School in Hinsdale, Illinois.
She also co-authors an art education blog
( teachingpalette.com). email@example.com