Young children like to finger paint but it is also taught as a recognised skill.


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 processes and techniques, and it focusses on painting skills.

Children will have learnt a variety of techniques and processes in KS1, one of the most common being painting. There are many different kinds of paint and each one gives a different finish or effect. KS2 children may experiment with different techniques, such as the strengths and thickness of paint, to give a desired effect to their work.

Brush up your painting skills by taking this quiz on some of the processes involved in painting.

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  1. Which of the following is not a paint colour?
    Ochre is a yellow, cerulean is blue and magenta is a pinky-red
  2. What is the technique in which small dots of colour are used to make an image?
    Famous Pointillists include Georges Seurat and Paul Signac
  3. Which word describes the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark?
    Ombré painting makes for an interesting and dramatic background to a piece
  4. What do we call a watery layering of paint used as a background?
    A wash is good for a sky or a background, with other detail painted on afterwards
  5. Some artists use small, air-operated tools which spray various media including ink and dye, but most often paint. What are they called?
    Airbrushes can give a flat, uniform finish to a large area
  6. Jackson Pollock painted many of his works by throwing paint at a large canvas. What was this known as?
    His work was vibrant and full of colour
  7. A verdaille is a painting done mainly or entirely in which colour?
    Verdaille began with in 12th century stained glass made for Cistercian monasteries
  8. Not all painting is done with brushes. What else can be used?
    Young children like to finger paint, but it is also taught as a recognised skill!
  9. Some paintings use realistic images to create the optical illusion that the objects are three dimensional. What is this called?
    The words are French for 'deceive the eye' and some are exceptionally good
  10. What do we call a painting which is painted directly onto wet plaster?
    Many ancient frescos were painted in churches and cathedrals

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