Elements and Principles of
Design Post Test

Art Vocabulary Post Test

Name_____________________________________ Section _____________________

 

Date______________________________________

 

The purpose of this test is to show you are able to apply the art vocabulary as you are viewing works of art. You may use any resource book with color reproductions of artwork (or the Internet). Do not use any photographs of works that are reproduced in black and white (unless you are referring to a work that is meant to be viewed only as black and white). Write the book title and author you are using below. Try to use the same reference for the entire test. If you change, be sure to indicate the new title and author.

 

Reference book used:

Author:

 

1. Color is an important element of art.

An example of complementary colors are___________ and ____________. Find an example of a complementary color plan.

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Colors in composition:

 

2. An example of a related or analogous plan would be ___________, ___________ and ______________. Find an example of a related color plan.

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Colors in composition:

 

3. A color plan that consists of different values of one color is called _______________. Find an artwork that is done in tints and shades of one color.

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Colors in composition:

 

4. Line is an element present in all works of art. Find examples that represent the following types of lines.

Curvy or wavy

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description of work:

Jagged or zigzag

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description:

 

5. Shape is another element of art. Find works of art that contain the following shapes.

Geometric

 

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Title of work:

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Organic

 

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6. Texture is the element that appeals to the sense of ________________.

What is the difference between texture and simulated texture?

Find a work that you think would represent actual texture.

What do you think it would feel like?

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description:

 

Find a work that shows simulated textures.

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description:

 

7. An artist places importance on the negative space as well as the positive space. Find a painting in which the artist has done something interesting with the negative space.

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description:

 

What is the positive space in this painting?

What is in the negative space in this painting?

8. What are some tools the artist uses to create the illusion of space? (list at least two) Find a work that shows one of the methods you listed

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description:

 

How has this artist shown the illusion of space?

9. Balance is an important principle of design. Find a work of art that represents each type of balance listed below.

Symmetrical

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description of work:

 

Asymmetrical

 

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Title of work:

Brief description:

 

Radial

 

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10. Repetition and rhythm are two principles of design that relate to each other. What is similar about these principles? Find a work of art that represents rhythm or repetition. Why did you choose this particular work of art?

 

Artist:

Title of work:

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11. What are some different ways an artist creates a center of interest? Select a work of art that interests you.

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description:

 

What is the center of interest of the work you selected?

How did the artist create the center of interest?

 

12. Why is unity a very important principle of design? Find a work of art that you feel represents the principle of unity.

 

Artist:

Title of work:

Brief description:

 

How has this artist shown the principle of unity?

 

Note: This was a take home assignment. Students who received 80% or better on the Pre-test for the elements and principles did not have to do this assignment. Students had to get an 80% or better on this assignment. Papers below 80% were handed back for corrections to be made. Students who could not get a book from the library were permitted to sign out a textbook.