Terms and Language
The vanishing point is the point on the horizon where parallel lines appear to meet.

Terms and Language

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 evaluating and analysing creative artworks using the language and terms of art, craft and design.

There are certain words that are related to maths or science - algebra and molecule for example. Well, art is no different to any other subject in the KS3 curriculum in that many words, terms and phrases are associated with it.

Understanding the language of art and craft will not only enable students to talk confidently about their own work and the techniques and materials they have used, but will also allow them to critically evaluate the work of other artists using appropriate terminology.

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This 'vocabulary of art' will grow and develop over time, as students learn about new and unfamiliar media and techniques, practice applying them to their own work and recognise structures and techniques in the art they encounter in their studies. The wider and more proficient their vocabulary in this area, the better-equipped they will be to annotate sketchbooks, critique their own work and that of others and, ultimately, talk with confidence about their inspirations and opinions of art work.

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  1. What does the term 'monochrome' mean?
    Monochromatic works use either one colour, or shades of a colour and can apply to painting, drawing or photography
  2. Which of the following is not a term associated with mark making?
    The others all apply to different techniques for applying paint or other media
  3. Three-quarters, profile, static and gesturing are all terms which apply to what?
    The angle of the subject or the way we see it can be described in many other ways
  4. When might an artist apply a primer or gesso?
    The main purpose of gesso or primer is to provide the key (surface) for the paint to stick to
  5. Which of the following pairs of words best applies to tone?
    Dark, light, mid, flat, uniform, unvarying, smooth and plain also apply to tone or tonal value
  6. Frosted, matte and polished are all terms which apply to what?
    Texture can be created in all sorts of ways and by using all sorts of materials - painting being the most common
  7. Discordant, saturated and harmonious could all be applied to which aspect of art?
    Other colour words include muted, complementary, tertiary and primary
  8. Which word describes the arrangement, layout or structure of a piece?
    Composition means the way the elements in the piece are arranged, the underlying structure (shapes) and relationships between the different parts and how your eye moves around the work
  9. What is the vanishing point?
    The vanishing point is a term used in perspective to describe the point on the horizon where parallel lines appear to meet, for example railway lines going into the distance
  10. If you were discussing subject matter with fellow artists, which of the following terms might you use?
    Subject matter is almost limitless - from a huge cityscape to a still life of fruit!

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