Marbling is a technique used to create beautiful designs on paper.


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 used in art and the effects they create.

Children will have learnt a variety of processes in KS1 and KS2. There are countless ways of achieving different effects and a good understanding of some of the more common techniques will stand children in good stead when they come to create their own artwork.

How much do you know about the techniques or processes used to create different effects? See how you do with this quiz!

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  1. Using a short-bristled brush to dab or pat paint onto a surface is known as what?
    Stippling makes small dots which can be built up to create an effect
  2. Gathering a variety of materials and fixing them down together onto a canvas is known as what?
    Collages can be made from almost anything, natural or man-made
  3. Layering paint onto a wet surface to colour a large area is known as what?
    Washes are used for many reasons, most often as a background
  4. Repeatedly pressing an inked block or raised design onto canvas, paper or fabric is called what?
    Printing can be done in lots of different ways and usually creates a repeating pattern
  5. Dripping coloured oil-based paint onto water and then laying paper down on top is a technique known as what?
    This technique gives a beautiful marbled finish and works best with only two or three complementary colours
  6. Drawing lines first in one direction and then another to create darker areas is called what?
    Cross-hatching can be used for shading larger areas
  7. Using only one colour or shades of one colour in a piece of art is a technique known as what?
    This term is normally used to refer to work which is black and white but can also refer to other colours
  8. Vanishing point, horizon and distance are all words associated with which technique?
    Good perspective helps drawings and paintings look realistic, as things appear the right size and proportion
  9. Applying wax to fabric and then dying is a technique known as what?
    Batik is a simple process which can create astounding results
  10. Combining two or more colours to create a new one is known as what?
    Only the primary colours, red, blue and yellow, cannot be mixed from any others

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