Media Choices
Macramé is a form of Textile Art.

Media Choices

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 understanding materials and techniques, and it focusses in particular on the different choices of media available.

A widening knowledge of the variety of media and materials available, coupled with an ability and willingness to experiment with new combinations means that children in KS3 have a wide spectrum of artistic choices available to them. From 'classic' media such as pencils and watercolours, through to modern software and graphics packages, children have ample opportunity to choose and adapt media to suit the project in hand.

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A finished art project, from inception to completion, may involve using and experimenting with an eclectic combination of two and three dimensional media. Pencil sketches, shading swatches, texture experiments, photography, computer-generated imagery, tracings, clay work and printed images are but a few of the potential stages on the way to a completed project.

Previous work in lower key stages may well have armed the KS3 student with a familiarity to certain common media and techniques. They will now be expected to use and control those they are familiar with to achieve certain effects, as well as to predict how others may combine to provide different finishes or textures.
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  1. Acrylic paint is a water-based version of which other medium?
    Acrylic paints are versatile and easier to clean up than oils as they can be washed with water
  2. What might you do to a charcoal sketch to stop it from smudging?
    Special fixatives can be expensive - some artists use cheap hairspray!
  3. What do we call a stick of pure, powdered pigment and a binding agent moulded into a stick?
    Pastels are halfway between painting and drawing and can provide all sorts of interesting finishes
  4. What is ModRoc?
    ModRoc is a medium which combines plaster-covered bandages. When they are moistened, they can be moulded into sculptures
  5. Which of the following media would you expect a ceramic artist to make?
    Ceramic artists work with clay to make pottery
  6. Which of the following is not an example of three-dimensional media?
    Graphite is generally used for drawing whereas the others would be used for three-dimensional work
  7. Weaving, macramé, batik and neeedle point are all disciplines of which kind of medium?
    They all require working with a textile, fabric or other material base
  8. Which one of the following media is ideal for working with outdoors?
    Watercolours are lightweight and very portable, making them ideal for using 'on location'!
  9. Photography, graphics software and paint programs are all good examples of what?
    Digital media is a fast-moving and exciting way to change images
  10. Which of the following is not a printing method?
    Gouache is a type of paint which can be laid down in quite thick layers

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