Recording Ideas
A camera can be a useful tool for an artist.

Recording Ideas

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, exploring ideas and recording experiences.

As KS3 students develop their skills and abilities in art and design, they will subsequently learn how to organise their ideas and record their experiences in order to inform their project planning and provide them with a bank of visual imagery which will support their art. Recording ideas may take many forms - from quick and simple sketches 'in the field', to photographed images and perhaps even a collection of ideas and ephemera which inspires and consolidates ideas for a particular project.

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An initial concept or idea for a project usually begins with the question 'What do I want to create?' This question may lead to the artist exploring many different possibilities and cause them to experience and experiment with many different media, stimuli and processes. Recording the outcomes of these experiences and experiments will underpin a project, as a selection may end up being woven into the finished artwork.

Ideas can be recorded in sketchbooks, binders or folders and may consist of images, notes, scraps of texture, cuttings and sketches. An organised artist knows when and where the inspiration was sourced and can access ideas with ease.

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  1. A series of sketches of the same item or inspiration might be what?
    Making sketches can help when it comes to work on the main artwork as they provide an idea of what works well
  2. Which of these options is a good way to use another artist's work as inspiration?
    Choose a particular technique you like and practise it in order to use it in your own work
  3. A sketchbook is ideal for recording ideas. Which of the following is not good sketchbook practice?
    Good sketchbooks are bulging with ideas from all over the place!
  4. Which of these options would a collection of recorded ideas for a particular project usually show?
    Pages in a sketchbook may be organised and laid out in order to show the inspiration or influence and how the artists has used or practised that themselves
  5. A sketchbook of recorded ideas will ultimately show one thing. What is it?
    Keeping a vibrant, inspiring and engaging sketchbook shows how much passion the artist has for their craft
  6. Where can't you use another artists image you found on the internet?
    Artists and writers own the copyright for anything they have created. The images of artwork that you research on the internet can be used in your sketchbook as part of your secondary research, but they can't be included in your final piece unless you get permission
  7. Which of these options best describes a good sketchbook page?
    Sketchbooks can be used for practising new techniques, and showing how they may be applied to a piece of work
  8. Which of these options best describes a complete sketchbook for a particular project?
    Little scraps of colour, annotated photographs, pictures, sketches, colour work and media exploration are just a few ideas for a good sketchbook!
  9. How might a digital camera be useful to you as an artist?
    You can also manipulate images with software, or take a photograph of a still life to compare it to your drawing
  10. Notes next to or on a sketch, diagram or photograph are known as what?
    Annotations may focus on the date and time of a sketch, or how the artist felt at the time. They may also document the materials used or note the source

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