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Making Improvements

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 analysing and evaluating creative artworks using the language of art, craft and design, and it focusses in particular on improving works.

As KS3 children refine and develop their control of media and use of different techniques. They will also appreciate that some works of art can take time, and that evaluating their artworks, making changes to and improving them along the way is part of the creative process. Sometimes this may mean simply correcting some errant pencil strokes in a sketch, but often it may mean adding a new element to the piece, changing the construction or composition or even treating the original work as a learning platform in order to completely start again!

All artists make improvements to their work as they go. No amount of sketches, experiments and planning can alter that fact that sometimes, elements within a project will have to be altered, enhanced, changed or even excluded. Sometimes this is not apparent until the artwork is under way, which can either be a frustrating moment or a golden opportunity to produce work which exceeds expectations.

Feedback or critiquing is a key element in artist development, especially for this age group where ideas may be plentiful but control of media or understanding of processes are not yet fully-developed skills. Words of advice from peers or tutors can often help a developing artist see new perspectives beyond their own and therefore make changes and improvements.

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Which of these options might help to improve a piece of art?
Keeping adding things until the page is full
Removing some elements altogether
Hiding it away and never looking at it again
Giving it as a gift
There is a saying 'Less is more' and, in some cases, this is very true!
All expressions of art begin with what?
A pencil
A concept
A programme on TV
A story
A concept is an idea formed in the mind, which will help the artist express how something will be accomplished
A good understanding of tone and shade is useful for what purpose?
For choosing different colours correctly
For spending more time on a piece
For seeing where you could add extra details
For adding realistic elements, such as shadows
Adding lighter areas and increasing shading to form shadow can really help to improve a piece of work
It is important for artists to see the spaces between and around the objects they draw. What are these spaces known as?
Positive spaces
Negative spaces
Neutral spaces
Blank spaces
Learning to see and draw the shapes between the lines that make up an object with help you improve the way you draw
Adding rhythm to a piece of art achieves what effect?
It can add a soundtrack to the artwork
It can help you play a musical instrument
It can help you make matching artworks
It can move the viewer’s eye throughout the work of art
Colour and light patterns, texture and application of paint can all be used to create rhythm and improve your art
What can be cool, warm, complementary, contrasting, primary, secondary and tertiary?
Artists' studios
A good understanding of the colour wheel will help you make improved colour choices for your work
Why is it important to make changes and improvements to a piece of art?
Because everybody else does it
Because a few changes could make a massive improvement
Because the art teacher says so
To waste some time in the lesson
Even world-renowned artists can't turn out perfect artwork first time around!
If an artist is struggling to see ways of improving their art, what might they do?
Ask friends or fellow artists for advice and opinions
Start again
Give the art away
Keep going and hope for the best
Sometimes the opinions of others can provide a turning point for a piece of art
Which of the following could be a key factor in making improvements to your art?
What you decide to have for breakfast
Whether or not you wear glasses
What you wear to work in
Having a clean and organised working environment
If your work space is dark, cluttered, dusty, cramped or messy, it could be difficult to make improvements to your techniques and skills
What is the composition of a piece?
How much the artist is paid for the work
Any music which accompanies the artwork
A story about the art
The arrangement and placement of visual elements
Although composition is very important, some artists, such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, chose to ignore traditional approaches in order to challenge the viewer!
Author:  Angela Smith

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