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Terms and Language
The vanishing point is the point on the horizon where parallel lines appear to meet.

Terms and Language

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 evaluating and analysing creative artworks using the language and terms of art, craft and design.

There are certain words that are related to maths or science - algebra and molecule for example. Well, art is no different to any other subject in the KS3 curriculum in that many words, terms and phrases are associated with it.

Understanding the language of art and craft will not only enable students to talk confidently about their own work and the techniques and materials they have used, but will also allow them to critically evaluate the work of other artists using appropriate terminology.

This 'vocabulary of art' will grow and develop over time, as students learn about new and unfamiliar media and techniques, practice applying them to their own work and recognise structures and techniques in the art they encounter in their studies. The wider and more proficient their vocabulary in this area, the better-equipped they will be to annotate sketchbooks, critique their own work and that of others and, ultimately, talk with confidence about their inspirations and opinions of art work.

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Discordant, saturated and harmonious could all be applied to which aspect of art?
Colour use
Canvas size
Sculpting materials
Brush cleaner
Other colour words include muted, complementary, tertiary and primary
Which of the following is not a term associated with mark making?
The others all apply to different techniques for applying paint or other media
Three-quarters, profile, static and gesturing are all terms which apply to what?
Viewpoint and pose
Colour choice
Brush size
Artist's temperament
The angle of the subject or the way we see it can be described in many other ways
Which word describes the arrangement, layout or structure of a piece?
Composition means the way the elements in the piece are arranged, the underlying structure (shapes) and relationships between the different parts and how your eye moves around the work
What does the term 'monochrome' mean?
Created in silence
Being mainly of one colour palette
Abstract work using mixed media
Paintings completed outdoors
Monochromatic works use either one colour, or shades of a colour and can apply to painting, drawing or photography
When might an artist apply a primer or gesso?
Before starting a piece of work
During the finishing process
Whilst waiting for the paint to dry
After the painting is completed
The main purpose of gesso or primer is to provide the key (surface) for the paint to stick to
If you were discussing subject matter with fellow artists, which of the following terms might you use?
Any of the above
Subject matter is almost limitless - from a huge cityscape to a still life of fruit!
Which of the following pairs of words best applies to tone?
Prolific, populated
Graduated, contrasting
Letter, font
Cropped, flipped
Dark, light, mid, flat, uniform, unvarying, smooth and plain also apply to tone or tonal value
What is the vanishing point?
The point when an artist cannot produce any more work
The day an artist has sold all his work
The point on the work which appears to be furthest away from the viewpoint
The point an artist may make to a colleague about items going missing
The vanishing point is a term used in perspective to describe the point on the horizon where parallel lines appear to meet, for example railway lines going into the distance
Frosted, matte and polished are all terms which apply to what?
Texture can be created in all sorts of ways and by using all sorts of materials - painting being the most common
Author:  Angela Smith

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