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 art movements and their influence on the world, and it focusses in particular on the Pop Art Movement.
KS3 children will learn how to critically appraise works of art, using the correct terminology and drawing on their own opinions. The judgements they make will help to inform their own work, as will what they learn about the styles and techniques used by the artists they study.
Pop art emerged in the 1950s and really grew in the 1960s in America and Britain, drawing its influence from sources in popular culture such as advertising, the movies and pop music. Key pop artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and David Hockney.
Pop Art began as a rebellion against the mainstream approaches to art and culture and traditional views on what art should be. Young artists felt that what they were taught at college and what they saw in museums did not have anything to do with their lives or the experiences they had every day. Instead they turned to sources in popular culture such as films, product packaging and comic books for their images and inspiration.
In America, pop style was a return to representational art. In Britain, the movement was more academic in its approach. While employing irony and parody, it focused more on what American popular imagery represented, and its influence in manipulating people’s lives.