GACE Art Education

The Art Education assessment, offered as part of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, is divided into two tests.

The first test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the first test are the elements and principles of art; and media, techniques, and processes. Some of the topics covered by the elements and principles of art subarea are: how elements and principles of design communicate meaning in visual art, the relationships of elements to principles, historical compositional methods, and contemporary compositional methods. Some of the topics covered by the media, techniques, and processes subarea are: dangerous materials and their effects, material safety data sheets (MSDS), characteristics of materials, and common editing and imaging software.

The second test consists of 80 selected-response questions. The content areas covered by the second test are art in context, connections, and criticism and reflection. Some of the topics covered by the art in context subarea are: the history of Western art from antiquity through the 19th century, the history of non-Western art, and the history of modern and contemporary art. The topic covered by the connections subarea is how other disciplines relate to the study and production of the visual arts. Some of the topics covered by the criticism and reflection subarea are: the major philosophies of art and aesthetics and their role in art criticism, and the individual and collaborative processes of art criticism and critique.

The examination must be completed within four hours. Test-takers will receive performance indices indicating their success in each subarea of the examination. Scores will be available approximately a month after the date of the examination; unofficial results are posted on the internet, and an official score report is mailed to the test-taker, the Professional Standards Commission, and the institution specified by the test-taker during registration.

GACE Art Education Practice Questions

1. What is the process of building up a thick layer of oil pastel and then scratching it to add texture?

A: impasto
B: scumbling
C: sgraffito
D: blending

2. What is the most common medium for oil paint?

A: resin-oil medium
B: beeswax medium
C: glaze medium
D: turpentine medium

3. What is the name for a series of almost parallel lines drawn close together?

A: highlighting
B: hatching
C: shading
D: crosshatching

4. What kind of paper is most suitable for precise drawings?

A: rough paper
B: cold-pressed paper
C: medium-pressed paper
D: hot-pressed paper

5. Which is the best (and most expensive) kind of canvas?

A: linen
B: cotton
C: polyester
D: burlap

Answer Key

1. C. This technique allows the artist to create a unique, precise effect.
2. D. A turpentine medium is composed of linseed oil and turpentine.
3. B. Hatching is a good technique for adding shade.
4. D. Hot-pressed paper provides a smooth, hard surface for drawing.
5. A. Linen canvases have an even grain and few knots.