Experimentation
Dabbing is the best way to apply paint over a stencil.

Experimentation

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS2 in Art and Design for children aged 7 to 11 in years 3 to 6. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with understanding artistic processes and techniques, and it focusses in particular on experimentation.

Children will have learnt a variety of artistic techniques and processes in KS1. Experimentation with a variety of media is an important part of creative development as children learn new techniques by learning how to control and manipulate materials in order to produce the effect or finish they want.

Experimentation is one of the best ways to learn new processes. Try your hand in this quiz and see if you learn something new.

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  1. What would you expect to happen if you sprinkled sea salt onto wet paint?
    The little chunks of salt absorb paint, leaving a speckled effect
  2. Where might you keep the results of your art experiments?
    You could make notes to remind you how each effect was achieved
  3. If an artist fixes different media on a canvas to create an artwork, what is it known as?
    Almost anything can be used for collage - natural or man-made!
  4. If you wanted to create some texture in a piece of work, what might you consider doing?
    Oil based paints can be put onto canvas in very thick layers
  5. Which materials would you need to create a marbled effect?
    The oil-based ink makes a layer on top of the water and paper placed over it gives a marbled effect
  6. What is the best way to apply paint over a stencil?
    Dabbing over and over builds up the colour evenly
  7. What might you use to create a blurry effect?
    Felt tips are water based and can be blurred using more water
  8. To create a wax resist, which two materials would you need?
    Using the wax crayons first creates areas which will resist the watercolour paints
  9. How could you create blank areas easily when using watercolours?
    Masking tape, stickers or even melted wax can be used to mask off areas in paintings
  10. How could you create a splatter or speckled effect?
    Doing this from a height creates a great speckled effect

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