KS3 Art and Design Quiz

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This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS3 in Art and Design for children aged 11 to 14 in years 7 to 9. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, and it focusses in particular on drawing skills and teqniques.

KS3 children should, by now, be becoming more proficient in their control of media. Their drawing ability, both from observation and imagination, should draw on skills they have attained in previous key stages.

Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts. Drawing usually involves the making of marks on a two-dimensional surface. These marks are usually made with pencil or ink, but may be made with a variety of other media, including charcoal, chalks, crayons or pastels.

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There are several categories of drawing, including figure drawing, cartooning, doodling and shading. There are also many drawing methods, such as line drawing, stippling, shading and tracing.

Drawing may be observational, with an emphasis on a realistic depiction of the subject matter, or may be more exploratory and imaginative. Good composition is usually important in a drawing and several drawings, called studies, may be made in preparation for a painting or other project.

A successful drawing combines many elements: composition, observation, control of media, experimentation, tone and shading, and perspective. A knowledge of these elements will help you in becoming proficient in drawing.

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  1. Why is an eraser useful to an artist when drawing?
    Erasers can remove unwanted lines, lighten tones, and clean up stray marks. Some erasers are very soft and are useful for cleaning up an image
  2. 30,000 year old cave drawings done by early man depict simple objects and concepts. What are they known as?
    Early drawings were used to communicate before written language existed. The drawings gradually became more sophisticated. leading to the development of written language
  3. Which of the following is not a dry drawing medium?
    Markers are wet drawing media. So are pens and inks
  4. Which of the following is not a pencil grade?
    H is the beginning of the 'hard' scale, there is no 1H
  5. Why might an artist use masking fluid in a drawing?
    Sometimes the artist leaves a section of the image untouched while filling in the remainder. The shape of the area to preserve can be painted with masking fluid, protecting it until the artist has finished
  6. Before paper was widely available, what other medium may have been used for drawing?
    12th century monks in European monasteries used intricate drawings to prepare illustrated, illuminated manuscripts on parchment
  7. Many fields outside of art, such as science or technology, also produce drawings. These may be referred to as what?
    Plans of buildings, machinery, circuitry and other things are often called "drawings" even when they have been transferred to another medium by printing
  8. What are hatching and cross-hatching?
    Pen and ink drawings often use hatching. Cross-hatching uses hatching in two or more different directions to create a darker tone
  9. Why is shading important in a drawing?
    Careful shading produces an impression of reflected light, shadows and highlights and can result in a very realistic image
  10. What is the name for a quick, unrefined drawing?
    An artist may make many sketches to work out finer details for a project

Author: Angela Smith

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