What Is a Medium in Art: Definition & Terms


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What is a medium in art?

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1. What is a major difference between the media of marble and bronze?

2. Which of the following are common media in art?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The medium in which a work of art is created is one of the most essential elements of the work's overall effect. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the definition and use of a medium in art. Some things you'll be assessed on include the definition of an artistic medium, the differences between the media of marble and bronze, and common media in art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on identifying:

  • The meaning of 'medium' as it pertains to art
  • Difference between the media of marble and bronze
  • Common medium/media in art
  • Difference between oil paint and tempera
  • Why the medium of a work of art is important

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding media in art
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of artistic media and the effects of each
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on artistic media and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about artistic media, review the accompanying lesson on What Is a Medium in Art: Definition & Terms. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the significance of an artistic medium in regards to how a piece is interpreted
  • Identify famous artists and their media, such as Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Define cast