Making Improvements
Colours can be warm, cold, complementary, contrasting, primary, secondary and tertiary.

Making Improvements

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 analysing and evaluating creative artworks using the language of art, craft and design, and it focusses in particular on improving works.

As KS3 children refine and develop their control of media and use of different techniques. They will also appreciate that some works of art can take time, and that evaluating their artworks, making changes to and improving them along the way is part of the creative process. Sometimes this may mean simply correcting some errant pencil strokes in a sketch, but often it may mean adding a new element to the piece, changing the construction or composition or even treating the original work as a learning platform in order to completely start again!

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All artists make improvements to their work as they go. No amount of sketches, experiments and planning can alter that fact that sometimes, elements within a project will have to be altered, enhanced, changed or even excluded. Sometimes this is not apparent until the artwork is under way, which can either be a frustrating moment or a golden opportunity to produce work which exceeds expectations.

Feedback or critiquing is a key element in artist development, especially for this age group where ideas may be plentiful but control of media or understanding of processes are not yet fully-developed skills. Words of advice from peers or tutors can often help a developing artist see new perspectives beyond their own and therefore make changes and improvements.

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  1. A good understanding of tone and shade is useful for what purpose?
    Adding lighter areas and increasing shading to form shadow can really help to improve a piece of work
  2. Which of the following could be a key factor in making improvements to your art?
    If your work space is dark, cluttered, dusty, cramped or messy, it could be difficult to make improvements to your techniques and skills
  3. It is important for artists to see the spaces between and around the objects they draw. What are these spaces known as?
    Learning to see and draw the shapes between the lines that make up an object with help you improve the way you draw
  4. Which of these options might help to improve a piece of art?
    There is a saying 'Less is more' and, in some cases, this is very true!
  5. Adding rhythm to a piece of art achieves what effect?
    Colour and light patterns, texture and application of paint can all be used to create rhythm and improve your art
  6. What can be cool, warm, complementary, contrasting, primary, secondary and tertiary?
    A good understanding of the colour wheel will help you make improved colour choices for your work
  7. What is the composition of a piece?
    Although composition is very important, some artists, such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, chose to ignore traditional approaches in order to challenge the viewer!
  8. If an artist is struggling to see ways of improving their art, what might they do?
    Sometimes the opinions of others can provide a turning point for a piece of art
  9. All expressions of art begin with what?
    A concept is an idea formed in the mind, which will help the artist express how something will be accomplished
  10. Why is it important to make changes and improvements to a piece of art?
    Even world-renowned artists can't turn out perfect artwork first time around!

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