Artline – Hobby World – Review

I would highly recommend this game for homeschoolers, especially when doing classical homeschooling.  It makes you stop and appreciate the art in ways you would not otherwise.

Heather Swanson



Theme and What is it?


Artline is a game of art and association.  Players must organize their paintings in a museum.  There are galleries and exhibitions that must have themes that make sense.

Players do not need to know all the famous artists and paintings.  They are not organized by style, materials, or artist.  Instead, they must define similarities by what is featured in the artwork.  Sounds easy….quite difficult at times.

Gameplay Mechanics


This is a hand management and tile placing game.  Players start with 5 paintings in their hands.  The end of the game happens when a player successfully gets rid of all their paintings.

Cards are placed in either a row or a column.  This is called playing a painting to a ‘gallery.’  However, when placing a card down in an already established row or column, the painting must match the established feature. 

Perhaps a row (gallery) has been established with the feature ‘animal.’  All subsequent cards in the gallery must have animals.  After playing a card to a gallery a new card will be taken from the draw pile.

If artwork is played at an intersection between a row and column, it is considered an ‘exhibition.’  In this case, the picture must fit both galleries.  For instance, in the example above we had ‘animals.’  The column (gallery) could meet with a new gallery established featuring ‘dogs.’  The intersection of galleries forms an exhibition.

After an exhibition is played, a new card is not drawn.  This is how a player’s hand of cards shrink.  When all cards are gone it triggers the end of the game.

Initial Impressions


This game caught my attention for the educational value of knowing famous pieces of artwork.  I remember having to memorize pieces of art in elementary to enter a special contest.  I think it is good to know some art history and wanted to expose my kids to this.

I already have a child deeply invested in producing art.  I thought this game might be able to expand her horizons while also learning a little about what times were like in the past.

Game Build Quality


The cards are larger than normal and on a sturdy card stock.  The box is oversized for the cards but is nicely done.  There is an insert covered with artwork inside to box to keep the cards from slipping around everywhere.

Artistic Direction


Anyone who says the artwork isn’t any good deserves a face plant.  These are the master’s paintings!  About the only thing anyone would be able to say is that something in the box was not their style.  

Fun Factor


I think the fun part of this game is trying to come up with new categories of features.  It sounded really easy when I first read the rules and was profoundly stumped while playing.

The pictures must really be studied to try to link the galleries together.  It can be a stretch sometimes and players must determine whether they agree with the associations.

It is exciting to get a new piece of artwork in hand but so disappointing to not be able to link anything.  It feels like such a failure to have to discard a painting and lose a turn in order to get a new card.

Age Range & Weight


Artline is a very lightweight game.  Children of any age that can sit long enough for a game can come up with associations between the pictures.

The content on the pictures may not be exciting enough for young kids.  The game recommends age 12+ and I’d say that is about right.

While the idea of placing painting into categories sounds easy, I found this game to be quite challenging. 



Artline is great if you are an art enthusiast or want to become more familiar with famous artwork.

It is a good length for a filler though a little serious. The cards were sometimes dreary and depressing.

I would highly recommend this game for homeschoolers, especially when doing classical homeschooling.  It makes you stop and appreciate the art in ways you would not otherwise.

All this being said, I don’t find the game something I’m going to play frequently.  It does not lend itself too much player interaction which is something I like in a short game.