Churches are often decorated with stained glass windows portraying bible stories or the lives of saints.


This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with understanding historical evidence in, for example, art.

As KS1 children develop their understanding of historical evidence, data and artefacts, they may learn about how art has changed over time and how art movements and styles have been influenced by the changing world. They may ask questions about paintings or sculptures, using them to gain an understanding of life at the time, or they may look at historical evidence to learn more about a particularly influential artist's life.

Art history is important because:
it's nice to read a book about art
art helps historians learn about lifestyles, fashions and events through history
historians love looking at paintings
it helps historians decide what colours they like best
Art can tell us a great deal about how the world around us has changed throughout history
Historians can compare works of art by the same artist in order to...
learn more about what sort of music people listened to at the time
decide which was the artist's favourite colour
work out where they lived when they painted
understand how the artist's life changed and which events might have influenced him or her
Artists often change their style a great deal over a lifetime as they try new techniques and media
Some modern artists painted pictures of strange items in unusual settings. They were known as...
Surrealism began in the 1920s and paintings often showed real items in dream-like settings or vice versa
Ancient Egyptian artists were usually employed to decorate the walls of tombs or pyramids. They did this by...
painting people, animals and symbols onto the walls to protect the person buried there
draping the tomb with ribbons and balloons
leaving some paints inside the tomb by mistake
writing a long letter about why they loved art
The pictures and symbols are called hieroglyphs and they all have a certain meaning
Very early art was created by cavemen. Often, they would...
design intricate jewellery which they wore to parties
paint portraits of people who were famous at the time
make sculptures from marble
paint simple pictures onto their cave walls
Simple cave art has been found in many countries around the world
Some ancient churches are decorated with beautiful artwork. Which of the following would you not expect to see in a church?
Detailed stained glass windows portraying bible stories or saints
Large fancy benches shaped like animals
Intricate carved stonework
Hanging murals or painted ceilings
Artwork found in churches can tell historians a lot about how worship and faith has changed over time
Even very early artists painted portraits of people. How do these portraits help historians?
By showing them which colours the artist liked best
By telling them more about fashion, wealth and lifestyles at the time of the painting
By showing them which was the most popular eye colour in history
By telling them what the subject of the portrait was thinking while they were being painted
Even a simple portrait can give a historian lots of clues about the past
Many artists throughout history have been famous for their landscape painting. Landscapes are...
paintings which always have people in them
always painted in watercolours
always done in black and white
paintings or pictures of scenery or the environment
A landscape can be colour or black and white, in any media and does not need to contain people
Pablo Picasso was a famous Spanish artist who painted in an abstract style. This was called:
Cubist artists painted items which were broken up and then reassembled in angular ways
An art movement in the 1950s focused on using photographs, comics and images from popular culture in unusual ways. This was known as...
Pip art
Crackle art
Snap art
Pop art
Andy Warhol was a famous artist from this movement and painted tins of soup in bright colours
Author:  Angela Smith

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