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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 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.
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.