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Fine Art Matching Cards

$13.95 USD

Matching cards train the memory while simultaneously helping children refine their hand-eye coordination. The breathtaking art in this collection includes famous paintings from Europe, America, and around the world (coming soon). The matching format lets children lay their hands on and work with the paintings they've come to love through the Art Cards activities.

First, match paintings directly, side by side. Then, add distance by placing one set of cards far away from the other set. This challenges the children, adds interest to inspire more repetition, and gives cause for purposeful movement.

Europe Series 1

This series features paintings by Botticelli, Manet, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Renoir. These pieces provide examples of Impressionism, the Italian Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, and Realism.

montessori famous paintings art cards series 1


Europe Series 2

This series features paintings by Vermeer, Fragonard, Gauguin, Monet, Velázquez, and Da Vinci. These pieces provide examples of the Dutch Golden Age, the Late Baroque period, the Spanish Golden Age, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the Italian Renaissance.

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Europe Series 3

This series features paintings by Van Gogh, Degas, Kandinsky, Klimt, Rousseau, and Seurat. These pieces provide examples of French Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, the Abstract style, Arts and Crafts/Art Nouveau movements, Primitivism, and Pointillism.

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Europe Series 4

This series features paintings by El Greco, Brendekilde, Bruegel the Elder, Caillebotte, Cézanne, and David. These pieces provide examples of the Spanish Renaissance style, Social Realism, the Flemish Renaissance style, Impressionism and Realism, Post-Impressionism, and Radical Neo-Classicism.

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This series features paintings by Tanner, Cassatt, Duncanson, Homer, Hopper, and Whistler. These pieces provide examples of Impressionism, the Hudson River School, and American Realism.

montessori fine art cards american series 

Larger Matching Format

We made these matching cards a bit larger than our traditional matching cards so that the children can engage more closely with the gorgeous details of each painting.

  • Cards are approx. 4¼” x 5½" 
  • Matching format includes two sets of identical paintings
  • Each set of 6 cards has a red or blue dot on the back (to make it easy to sort them out); 12 cards total
  • Rounded corners (no pricked fingers or dog-eared cards)
  • Comes in a sturdy, clear reclosable bag for storage
  • Lesson plan included

Our matching cards contain no written language on the cards themselves. The backs contain only a red dot or a blue dot so they can sort the cards into sets and play memory matching (with the cards upside down on the work area).

Created by a Montessori teacher. Eco-printed by parents/teachers/students in our rural New England office.

Made in the USA.


The Fine Art Series

  1. We recommend introducing the famous paintings with our Fine Art Display Cards. Use those larger format cards to explore the details of each painting and learn about the year it was made, the artist, and the painting's style.
  2. Then, move on to these Fine Art Matching cards. These allow children to work with the paintings they love in a new way.
  3. When the children begin to write, inspire them to write about their favorite paintings using the movable alphabet, chalkboards, or pencil/paper (whatever is appropriate for that child).
  4. Next, when the children are reading, introduce the Fine Art 4-Part Cards where they match the painting, its name, and its artists.
  5. Finally, introduce the Famous Artists 3-Part Cards where they match the names of the artists with their image. This is an activity that truly grows with your children!

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