A History of Art - Understanding Evidence
Churches are often decorated with stained glass windows portraying bible stories or the lives of saints.

A History of Art - Understanding Evidence

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As elementary school children develop their understanding of historical evidence, data and artifacts, they may learn about how art has changed over time and how art movements and styles have been influenced by the changing world. They may ask questions about paintings or sculptures, using them to gain an understanding of life at the time, or they may look at historical evidence to learn more about a particularly influential artist's life.

Try this quiz to see how much you know about the history of art.

1.
Ancient Egyptian artists were usually employed to decorate the walls of tombs or pyramids. They did this by...
painting people, animals and symbols onto the walls to protect the person buried there
draping the tomb with ribbons and balloons
leaving some paints inside the tomb by mistake
writing a long letter about why they loved art
The pictures and symbols are called hieroglyphs and they all have a certain meaning
2.
Some ancient churches are decorated with beautiful artwork. Which of the following would you not expect to see in a church?
Detailed stained glass windows portraying bible stories or saints
Large fancy benches shaped like animals
Intricate carved stonework
Hanging murals or painted ceilings
Artwork found in churches can tell historians a lot about how worship and faith has changed over time
3.
Pablo Picasso was a famous Spanish artist who painted in an abstract style. This was called:
cubism
squarism
trianglism
circlism
Cubist artists painted items which were broken up and then reassembled in angular ways
4.
Some modern artists painted pictures of strange items in unusual settings. They were known as...
bizzaretists
unusualists
strangers
surrealists
Surrealism began in the 1920s and paintings often showed real items in dream-like settings or vise versa
5.
Many artists throughout history have been famous for their landscape painting. Landscapes are...
paintings which always have people in them
always painted in watercolors
always done in black and white
paintings or pictures of scenery or the environment
A landscape can be color or black and white, in any media and does not need to contain people
6.
Even very early artists painted portraits of people. How do these portraits help historians?
By showing them which colors the artist liked best
By telling them more about fashion, wealth and lifestyles at the time of the painting
By showing them which was the most popular eye color in history
By telling them what the subject of the portrait was thinking while they were being painted
Even a simple portrait can give a historian lots of clues about the past
7.
Very early art was created by cavemen. Often, they would...
design intricate jewelry which they wore to parties
paint portraits of people who were famous at the time
make sculptures from marble
paint simple pictures onto their cave walls
Simple cave art has been found in many countries around the world
8.
Art history is important because:
it's nice to read a book about art
art helps historians learn about lifestyles, fashions and events through history
historians love looking at paintings
it helps historians decide what colors they like best
Art can tell us a great deal about how the world around us has changed throughout history
9.
An art movement in the 1950s focused on using photographs, comics and images from popular culture in unusual ways. This was known as...
Pip art
Crackle art
Snap art
Pop art
Andy Warhol was a famous artist from this movement and painted tins of soup in bright colors
10.
Historians can compare works of art by the same artist in order to...
learn more about what sort of music people listened to at the time
decide which was the artist's favorite color
work out where they lived when they painted
understand how the artist's life changed and which events might have influenced him or her
Artists often change their style a great deal over a lifetime as they try new techniques and media
Author:  Angela Smith

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