Comparing Folk Art & Academic Art


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Which of these is not a general characteristic of folk art?

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1. Folk art is often characterized as art with function. How is the Tatanua mask functional?

2. What is one of the key definitions of academic art?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Critics and historians use many different terms to define and categorize art, and academic art and folk art, which use the artist's qualifications and the function of a piece of art as criteria, are among the most common but problematic definitions. This quiz/worksheet combo reviews the characteristics of academic art and folk art and tests your understanding of some of the problems with these terms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments focus on the following:

  • Characteristics of folk art
  • Function of art
  • Definition of academic art
  • Relationship between folk art and academic art
  • Academic artists

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on academic art and folk art
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the characteristics of academic and folk art
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of academic art and folk art to answer questions about the use of these categories

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Comparing Folk Art & Academic Art. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define academic art and folk art
  • Describe the characteristics of academic and folk art
  • List examples of academic and folk art
  • Understand how folk art influences academic art
  • Explain the problem with the terms academic art and folk art