Arts and Crafts: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Making Improvements (Questions)

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At middle school 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.

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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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1. 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 organized working environment
2. All expressions of art begin with what?
[ ] A pencil
[ ] A concept
[ ] A program on TV
[ ] A story
3. 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
4. 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
5. What can be cool, warm, complementary, contrasting, primary, secondary and tertiary?
[ ] Colors
[ ] Pencils
[ ] Artists' studios
[ ] Schools
6. A good understanding of tone and shade is useful for what purpose?
[ ] For choosing different colors correctly
[ ] For spending more time on a piece
[ ] For seeing where you could add extra details
[ ] For adding realistic elements, such as shadows
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
Arts and Crafts: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Making Improvements (Answers)
1. 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
[x] Having a clean and organized 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
2. All expressions of art begin with what?
[ ] A pencil
[x] A concept
[ ] A program on TV
[ ] A story
A concept is an idea formed in the mind, which will help the artist express how something will be accomplished
3. 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
[x] 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!
4. It is important for artists to see the spaces between and around the objects they draw. What are these spaces known as?
[ ] Positive spaces
[x] 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
5. What can be cool, warm, complementary, contrasting, primary, secondary and tertiary?
[x] Colors
[ ] Pencils
[ ] Artists' studios
[ ] Schools
A good understanding of the color wheel will help you make improved color choices for your work
6. A good understanding of tone and shade is useful for what purpose?
[ ] For choosing different colors correctly
[ ] For spending more time on a piece
[ ] For seeing where you could add extra details
[x] 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
7. Which of these options might help to improve a piece of art?
[ ] Keeping adding things until the page is full
[x] 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!
8. 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
[x] It can move the viewer’s eye throughout the work of art
Color and light patterns, texture and application of paint can all be used to create rhythm and improve your art
9. If an artist is struggling to see ways of improving their art, what might they do?
[x] 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
10. Why is it important to make changes and improvements to a piece of art?
[ ] Because everybody else does it
[x] 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!