The Language of Art
Sculptors can work with lots of materials - even sand!

The Language of Art

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 focusses on understanding the language and terminology associated with art and design.

Children will learn a broad spectrum of language associated with art and design as they progress through primary school. Understanding terms correctly and being able to use them in their own discussions and evaluations of their own work is very important.

How many art terms do you understand? Try this quiz and test your knowledge of the language associated with art and design.

  1. There are two ways of describing the orientation of a standard canvas. What are they?
    Portraits are usually painted on canvasses which have the short side at the bottom, while landscapes are usually painted on canvasses which have the long side at the bottom
  2. People who make and design clothing or other items made from fabric are said to be what kind of artists?
    Textile art covers fashion design, as well as other areas where fabric is the main material used
  3. Artists working mainly in three-dimensional materials are usually called what?
    Sculptors work with lots of different materials - ice, sand, clay, glass, metal and wood are just a few
  4. Before creating artwork, what do most artists make first?
    Sketches help to form ideas and test techniques to be used in the main piece
  5. Primary, secondary, complementary and contrasting all refer to what?
    Understanding colours and how they can be mixed to create other colours is an important skill for artists
  6. To create darker areas in a piece, an artist may use pencils or charcoal to do what?
    Shading can help objects appear more realistic and three-dimensional
  7. What is the process in which artists decide where elements will go in a piece of work?
    Good composition has a pleasing effect on the finished work
  8. Art is wide and varied and artists use a huge amount of different what?
    Any material you can think of has probably been used in an artwork at some point!
  9. Works of art which are not life-like or realistic are sometimes referred to as what?
    Abstract art is always interesting to look at and talk about!
  10. What could be created with a printing block which is used over and over again?
    Repeating patterns can have all sorts of uses, especially when printed onto fabric

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