KS1 Art and Design Quiz - Colours (Questions)

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 in Art and Design for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with understanding processes and techniques, and it focusses on colours.

As an introduction to artistic techniques, studying art and design often begins with a good understanding of colour. This learning may begin with understanding primary and secondary colours and progress to experimenting with colour mixing and working with complimentary and contrasting colours, before going on to look at different artistic techniques.

1. What are the three primary colours?
[ ] Black, white and grey
[ ] Red, yellow and blue
[ ] Pink, purple and orange
[ ] Green, brown and silver
2. Orange, green and violet are known as what?
[ ] Secondary colours
[ ] Primary colours
[ ] High school colours
[ ] College colours
3. How are tertiary colours made?
[ ] By putting all the colours in a line
[ ] By mixing every colour together
[ ] By choosing from a colour chart
[ ] By mixing a secondary colour with one of the primary colours it is made from
4. Red, yellow, blue, orange, green and violet are usually arranged on a colour what?
[ ] A colour square
[ ] A colour cube
[ ] A colour wheel
[ ] A colour sphere
5. Colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel are known as what?
[ ] Complementary
[ ] Companion
[ ] Countryside
[ ] Comfortable
6. To make a colour darker, you can add which other paint?
[ ] White
[ ] Orange
[ ] Black
[ ] Pink
7. To make a colour lighter, you can add which other paint?
[ ] White
[ ] Black
[ ] Grey
[ ] Blue
8. A set of tints and shades of the same colour is also known as what?
[ ] A colour wheel
[ ] A paint palette
[ ] Monochrome
[ ] Quite dull
9. Reds, oranges and yellows are sometimes called what?
[ ] Spicy colours
[ ] Heated colours
[ ] Radiator colours
[ ] Warm colours
10. Colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel are described as what?
[ ] Harmonious
[ ] Argumentative
[ ] Clashing
[ ] Monochromatic
KS1 Art and Design Quiz - Colours (Answers)
1. What are the three primary colours?
[ ] Black, white and grey
[x] Red, yellow and blue
[ ] Pink, purple and orange
[ ] Green, brown and silver
Primary colours are the only colours which cannot be made by mixing two other colours
2. Orange, green and violet are known as what?
[x] Secondary colours
[ ] Primary colours
[ ] High school colours
[ ] College colours
Secondary colours are made by mixing two of the primary colours together
3. How are tertiary colours made?
[ ] By putting all the colours in a line
[ ] By mixing every colour together
[ ] By choosing from a colour chart
[x] By mixing a secondary colour with one of the primary colours it is made from
For example, green can be mixed with one of its primary colours, blue, to give blue-green
4. Red, yellow, blue, orange, green and violet are usually arranged on a colour what?
[ ] A colour square
[ ] A colour cube
[x] A colour wheel
[ ] A colour sphere
The colour wheel shows the colours and their relationships to each other
5. Colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel are known as what?
[x] Complementary
[ ] Companion
[ ] Countryside
[ ] Comfortable
Complementary colours can be used together and produce a contrast
6. To make a colour darker, you can add which other paint?
[ ] White
[ ] Orange
[x] Black
[ ] Pink
The new colour is then known as a shade of the original
7. To make a colour lighter, you can add which other paint?
[x] White
[ ] Black
[ ] Grey
[ ] Blue
The lighter colour is then called a 'tint' of the original
8. A set of tints and shades of the same colour is also known as what?
[ ] A colour wheel
[ ] A paint palette
[x] Monochrome
[ ] Quite dull
An example of this would be red, pink and white
9. Reds, oranges and yellows are sometimes called what?
[ ] Spicy colours
[ ] Heated colours
[ ] Radiator colours
[x] Warm colours
Blues, violets and greens are often called cool colours
10. Colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel are described as what?
[x] Harmonious
[ ] Argumentative
[ ] Clashing
[ ] Monochromatic
Harmonious colours go well together, like yellow and orange