NYSTCE Visual Arts

Visual Arts test measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach visual arts in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Visual Arts Materials and Processes (23% of the exam); Principles and Elements of Art and Design (15%); Visual Arts and Culture (33%); Aesthetic and Interdisciplinary Connections (19%); and a Visual Arts and Culture constructed-response question (10%). The test consists of 90 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Visual Arts Practice Questions

1. Which of the following architects is considered to be a minimalist?
A: Robert Venturi
B: Frank Lloyd Wright
C: Philip Johnson
D: Mies van der Rohe

2. What is the name for shading that is created by networks of crossed lines?
A: Chiaroscuro
B: Hatching
C: Crosshatching
D: Contouring

3. Which school of art emphasizes wild colors?
A: Fauvism
B: Cubism
C: Expressionism
D: Art Nouveau

4. Which of the following is an inappropriate activity for elementary school students?
A: Cutting pictures out of magazines
B: Still-life drawing
C: Painting
D: Coloring

5. Which of the following is NOT one of the primary colors?
A: Red
B: Yellow
C: Green
D: Blue

Answer Key

1. D. The architectural philosophy of Mies is summarized in his famous statement, “Less is more.”
2. C. Crosshatching is a common technique used in pen and pencil drawings in which an artist uses a network of crossed lines to shade his or her artwork.
3. A. Fauvism is an art style that developed in France in the early twentieth century. It is typically characterized by the emphasis that it places on wild colors.
4. B. It is usually difficult for young children to concentrate on representations of real-life objects.
5. C. Green is not a primary color because it can be created by combining yellow and blue.