KS2 Art and Design Quiz - Experimentation (Questions)

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS2 in Art and Design for children aged 7 to 11 in years 3 to 6. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with understanding artistic processes and techniques, and it focusses in particular on experimentation.

Children will have learnt a variety of artistic techniques and processes in KS1. Experimentation with a variety of media is an important part of creative development as children learn new techniques by learning how to control and manipulate materials in order to produce the effect or finish they want.

Experimentation is one of the best ways to learn new processes. Try your hand in this quiz and see if you learn something new.

1. To create a wax resist, which two materials would you need?
[ ] Chalks and pastels
[ ] Wax crayons and watercolour paints
[ ] Pencils and some water
[ ] Oil paints and newspaper
2. If you wanted to create some texture in a piece of work, what might you consider doing?
[ ] Making a flat wash of watercolour paint
[ ] Shading lightly with a pencil crayon
[ ] Colouring in a patch with some-felt tipped pens
[ ] Scratching into thick paint with a matchstick
3. If an artist fixes different media on a canvas to create an artwork, what is it known as?
[ ] Pointillism
[ ] Sketching
[ ] Collage
[ ] Shading
4. What would you expect to happen if you sprinkled sea salt onto wet paint?
[ ] The paper would become covered in salt crystals
[ ] The salt would float on top of the paint
[ ] The paint would completely disappear
[ ] The salt would absorb some of the paint
5. How could you create blank areas easily when using watercolours?
[ ] Tape or mask off the area and paint over it
[ ] Cut out the shape first
[ ] Use liquid paper to paint over
[ ] Use white paint
6. What might you use to create a blurry effect?
[ ] Very sharp pencil crayons
[ ] Wax crayons
[ ] Very thick paint
[ ] Felt-tipped pens and water
7. Which materials would you need to create a marbled effect?
[ ] Wool and material
[ ] Oil-based ink and water
[ ] Cotton wool and lolly sticks
[ ] Paper clips and pencils
8. How could you create a splatter or speckled effect?
[ ] By painting with thick paint and a wide brush
[ ] By shading with the flat side of a pencil
[ ] By flicking paint from a toothbrush
[ ] By smearing pastels onto cardboard
9. What is the best way to apply paint over a stencil?
[ ] By smearing
[ ] By dabbing
[ ] By wiping
[ ] By scrubbing
10. Where might you keep the results of your art experiments?
[ ] In a sketch book
[ ] In a laboratory
[ ] In a library
[ ] In a leisure centre

 

KS2 Art and Design Quiz - Experimentation (Answers)
1. To create a wax resist, which two materials would you need?
[ ] Chalks and pastels
[x] Wax crayons and watercolour paints
[ ] Pencils and some water
[ ] Oil paints and newspaper
Using the wax crayons first creates areas which will resist the watercolour paints
2. If you wanted to create some texture in a piece of work, what might you consider doing?
[ ] Making a flat wash of watercolour paint
[ ] Shading lightly with a pencil crayon
[ ] Colouring in a patch with some-felt tipped pens
[x] Scratching into thick paint with a matchstick
Oil based paints can be put onto canvas in very thick layers
3. If an artist fixes different media on a canvas to create an artwork, what is it known as?
[ ] Pointillism
[ ] Sketching
[x] Collage
[ ] Shading
Almost anything can be used for collage - natural or man-made!
4. What would you expect to happen if you sprinkled sea salt onto wet paint?
[ ] The paper would become covered in salt crystals
[ ] The salt would float on top of the paint
[ ] The paint would completely disappear
[x] The salt would absorb some of the paint
The little chunks of salt absorb paint, leaving a speckled effect
5. How could you create blank areas easily when using watercolours?
[x] Tape or mask off the area and paint over it
[ ] Cut out the shape first
[ ] Use liquid paper to paint over
[ ] Use white paint
Masking tape, stickers or even melted wax can be used to mask off areas in paintings
6. What might you use to create a blurry effect?
[ ] Very sharp pencil crayons
[ ] Wax crayons
[ ] Very thick paint
[x] Felt-tipped pens and water
Felt tips are water based and can be blurred using more water
7. Which materials would you need to create a marbled effect?
[ ] Wool and material
[x] Oil-based ink and water
[ ] Cotton wool and lolly sticks
[ ] Paper clips and pencils
The oil-based ink makes a layer on top of the water and paper placed over it gives a marbled effect
8. How could you create a splatter or speckled effect?
[ ] By painting with thick paint and a wide brush
[ ] By shading with the flat side of a pencil
[x] By flicking paint from a toothbrush
[ ] By smearing pastels onto cardboard
Doing this from a height creates a great speckled effect
9. What is the best way to apply paint over a stencil?
[ ] By smearing
[x] By dabbing
[ ] By wiping
[ ] By scrubbing
Dabbing over and over builds up the colour evenly
10. Where might you keep the results of your art experiments?
[x] In a sketch book
[ ] In a laboratory
[ ] In a library
[ ] In a leisure centre
You could make notes to remind you how each effect was achieved