KS3 Art and Design Quiz - Techniques (Questions)

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 producing creative work, experimenting with and exploring ideas, and recording experiences. It looks in particular at some of the different techniques used by artists.

Children will have used and learnt a variety of artistic techniques and processes in KS1 and 2. Experimenting with a variety of media is an important part of creative development as children learn new techniques by learning how to control and change materials in order to produce the effect or finish they want.

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By the time students reach KS3, they will be expected to understand a widening variety of different techniques, which may have been learnt and developed through sessions aimed at experimentation.

A firm grasp of different techniques and an understanding of when they may be appropriate will help a developing artist create work which is creative, appropriate and stimulating. A willingness to push boundaries, blend unusual media and challenge traditional techniques is what has helped the visual arts develop and evolve over time. In order to do this, however, all artists must first develop a good understanding of the wide variety of techniques available to them.

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1. What is gilding?
[ ] Covering a large area with paint very quickly
[ ] Applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces
[ ] Using minute detail to draw the viewer's eye
[ ] Building thick layers of paint up on a canvas
2. What is 'faux painting'
[ ] A painting technique which creates a shadow
[ ] An artistic technique which shows the artists within the painting
[ ] A method for applying paint to a canvas without using brushes
[ ] A painting technique to replicate the finish of materials such as wood or marble
3. What is a 'Brunaille'
[ ] A painting which has a velvety finish
[ ] A painting which is circular in shape
[ ] A painting which does not contain any human forms
[ ] A painting done mostly or entirely in shades of brown
4. If an artist executed a blind contour drawing, what wouldn't he do?
[ ] Use charcoal
[ ] Open his eyes
[ ] Look at the paper
[ ] Look at the finished drawing
5. What is décollage?
[ ] A painting of a beautiful lady
[ ] A technique where parts of an original image is cut or torn away
[ ] A collection of miniature portraits
[ ] A glazed vase
6. When might an artist create 'orange peel'?
[ ] When painting
[ ] When eating a snack
[ ] When tidying up the studio
[ ] When showing how creative he has been with materials
7. A form of faux painting using paint thinned out with glaze and old rags to create a lively texture on walls and other surfaces is known as what?
[ ] Speckling
[ ] Stippling
[ ] Patting
[ ] Ragging
8. Which of the following is not an artistic technique?
[ ] Repoussoir
[ ] Keum-boo
[ ] Grisaille
[ ] Limboustino
9. How is paint applied when creating 'Impasto'?
[ ] Very thinly
[ ] In several thin layers
[ ] One colour at a time
[ ] Very thickly
10. What is the key material used in marmotinto?
[ ] Sand
[ ] Oil
[ ] Water
[ ] Wax
KS3 Art and Design Quiz - Techniques (Answers)
1. What is gilding?
[ ] Covering a large area with paint very quickly
[x] Applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces
[ ] Using minute detail to draw the viewer's eye
[ ] Building thick layers of paint up on a canvas
Methods of gilding include hand application and glueing, chemical gilding, and electroplating. Objects treated this way are known as 'gilt'
2. What is 'faux painting'
[ ] A painting technique which creates a shadow
[ ] An artistic technique which shows the artists within the painting
[ ] A method for applying paint to a canvas without using brushes
[x] A painting technique to replicate the finish of materials such as wood or marble
Faux painting became popular in classical times in the forms of faux marble, faux wood, and trompe l'oeil murals which 'trick the eye'
3. What is a 'Brunaille'
[ ] A painting which has a velvety finish
[ ] A painting which is circular in shape
[ ] A painting which does not contain any human forms
[x] A painting done mostly or entirely in shades of brown
Brunaille has its origins in 12th century stained glass made for Cistercian monasteries
4. If an artist executed a blind contour drawing, what wouldn't he do?
[ ] Use charcoal
[ ] Open his eyes
[x] Look at the paper
[ ] Look at the finished drawing
This is a drawing technique, where an artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the paper
5. What is décollage?
[ ] A painting of a beautiful lady
[x] A technique where parts of an original image is cut or torn away
[ ] A collection of miniature portraits
[ ] A glazed vase
Décollage is the opposite of collage. Instead of an image being built up of parts of existing images, it is created by cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing, pieces of an original image
6. When might an artist create 'orange peel'?
[x] When painting
[ ] When eating a snack
[ ] When tidying up the studio
[ ] When showing how creative he has been with materials
Orange peel is a certain kind of finish that may develop on painted and cast surfaces. The texture resembles the surface of the skin of an orange
7. A form of faux painting using paint thinned out with glaze and old rags to create a lively texture on walls and other surfaces is known as what?
[ ] Speckling
[ ] Stippling
[ ] Patting
[x] Ragging
Ragging can be done in a variety of patterns, including rag rolling, in which the rags are twisted together and then rolled over a wet surface creating the illusion of fabrics such a velvet or silk
8. Which of the following is not an artistic technique?
[ ] Repoussoir
[ ] Keum-boo
[ ] Grisaille
[x] Limboustino
Repoussoir uses objects in the foreground, Keum-boo is gilding and Grisaille is monochromatic painting
9. How is paint applied when creating 'Impasto'?
[ ] Very thinly
[ ] In several thin layers
[ ] One colour at a time
[x] Very thickly
The paint is usually thick enough to see the brush or knife strokes as it has been applied
10. What is the key material used in marmotinto?
[x] Sand
[ ] Oil
[ ] Water
[ ] Wax
Marmotinto is the art of creating pictures using coloured sand or marble dust and is also known as sand painting