Experimentation
When mixing paints it's a good idea to make a note of the quantities used.

Experimentation

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 producing creative work, experimenting with and exploring ideas, and recording experiences.

Children will have learnt a variety of artistic techniques and processes in KS1 and KS2. Experimenting with a variety of media is an important part of creative development as children learn new techniques by learning how to control and change materials in order to produce the effect or finish they want. By the time students reach KS3, they will be expected to understand how to use and manipulate a widening variety of media in order to create new and unusual effects and finishes.

Exploration of ideas and pushing the boundaries is a very important part of creative development and without it students may tend towards 'safer' options which results in work which can be classed as stagnant or repetitive.

  1. Why is it important to experiment with different media when creating art?
    Putting different media together, or using a familiar medium in a new way, could result in finishes and effects which take your project in a new direction
  2. When making rubbings, what could change the outcome?
    Some media will give crisper rubbings than others. Paper thickness will also affect the finished rubbing
  3. What is the name for a piece of artwork which uses more than one medium?
    Mixed media has always been popular amongst artists and some of the results are incredible
  4. How might an artist organise an experimenting session?
    It's useful to note which combinations of media were used, especially if the outcomes might need to be repeated in the future
  5. When experimenting with colour mixing, what should you always try to do?
    Notes will help you mix the same colours in future, without having to start the experimentations all over again!
  6. What sort of medium would resist a watercolour wash?
    The watercolour paint cannot 'sit' on top of the wax and is instead 'resisted'
  7. How could you change the thickness and density of dry materials such as pencils and charcoal?
    Changing the movement of hand, wrist, elbow and arm and increasing and decreasing pressure will all affect the lines made
  8. When experimenting with a variety of elements and media for a project, some artists collect inspirations and ideas on what?
    Mood boards are used by artists and designers to collate ideas, experiments and thoughts for a project
  9. Colour, line, shape, form, space, value and texture are all known as what?
    Experimenting with any of these elements in artwork can change the whole look of a piece
  10. Which of the following combinations could you try to achieve a speckled effect?
    Throwing the salt across wet paint will soak up paint in small areas, creating a speckled effect

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