Modern Art
Op Art uses shapes, tones and colours to produce illusion.

Modern Art

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 art movements and their influence on the world, and it focusses in particular on the Modern Art movement.

KS3 children will study many different aspects of the art world such as history (the origins of art and how it has developed), influence (how art from earlier periods has shaped that of later times), movement (Classical, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Modern etc.) and social connection (how art has reflected the society of the time it was made.

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Modern Art includes those works produced during the period extending from the late 1800s to around 1970, and covers the style and thinking behind the art produced during that era. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. Up until then, artists were mainly commisioned to produce works for a specific purpose, such as a portrait for a wealthy family, but the beginning of the industrial revolution saw many artists begin to experiment with colour, non-traditional materials, and new techniques and mediums.

During the 19th century, many artists started to make art about people, places, or ideas that interested them, and of which they had direct experience. This is in direct contrast to previous works, which either centred around religious instruction or commissions for wealthy patrons.

Modern Art has had many driving forces, some of which have been political or social. The movement is also often associated with an idealistic vision of human life and society.

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  1. Who is largely credited with being instrumental to the beginnings of Surrealism?
    Although the movement was officially founded 10 years after Chirico's paintings were noticed by Picasso, he is credited as inspiring the movement
  2. By the end of the 1970s, art critics responded to the explosion of modern art movements by claiming it was the end of what?
    It was not, of course, the end of painting but rather the emergence of so many new ways for artists to express themselves
  3. Modern art includes artistic works produced during which period?
    Modern artists began to reject the idea that art had to be produced to give instruction or as a commission
  4. What is Op Art?
    Op Art often appears to contain moving images, thanks to the way it is constructed
  5. Which movement is said to come after modern art?
    Contemporary art refers to art produced from the 1960s or 70s up to the current day
  6. What was Fauvism?
    Artists began to move away from traditional outcomes and enjoyed the shock waves their new 'wild' style created
  7. Which of the following artists was not a founder of the movement?
    Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and several others also had considerable influence over the emergence of modern art
  8. Which movements were the early pioneers of modern art?
    Influences on these movements were wide and varied and included Japanese printmaking
  9. Which of the following is not an early 20th century art movement?
    Expressionism was also a major movement in the early part of the 20th century
  10. The Impressionists argued that people do not see objects but only the light which they reflect, and therefore painters should paint in natural light. What is this known as?
    Artists still use this phrase today to refer to works which are completed outside in daylight

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