• Art
  • Age 9 to 11 (KS2)
  • Age 11 to 14 (KS3)

Use this quiz as an additional activity after watching our Painting Life resource. Here are three paintings done in different styles depicting scenes during the Second World War. Our Curators, Paris and Becky, tell us that an artist’s most important skill is looking, really looking. Take a close look at the artworks below, noticing as many details as you can.

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Painting Life

Join IWM experts Becky and Paris as they share real life stories of artists, and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War.

1. A Balloon Site

A Balloon Site, painting by Laura Knight
A Balloon Site by Laura Knight, 1943, © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 2750

This artwork was painted by artist Laura Knight in 1943. It shows a group of women at work with a barrage balloon. 

2. Wings for Victory Week

Wings for Victory Week, artwork by Roland Vivian Pitchforth
Wings for Victory Week by Roland Vivian Pitchforth, 1943 © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 2845

Here we see a busy Trafalgar Square in London with a Lancaster bomber on display. A huge crowd has gathered to mark 'Wings for Victory Week'. This watercolour was painted by Roland Vivian Pitchforth in 1943.

3. Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-Ring

Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-Ring by Laura Knight
Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-Ring by Laura Knight, 1943 © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 2850

This painting is also by Laura Knight. It shows Ruby Loftus at work in a factory. The artwork was created to mark Miss Loftus's outstanding skills in the factory.

Match these details to their artworks

Cropped image of artwork showing chimneys


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Detail of image showing metalwork


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Detail from image depicting cars on the road


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