Art Themes to Explore in GCSE & iGCSE

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If you are looking for art themes to explore in GCSE or iGCSE lessons, the huge list below is a great starting point.  Thank you to art teacher Annie Chapman for this amazing list.  A few words link to Pinterest boards.

 

Aboriginal and native art

Abandoned places

Advertising/Consumption and consumerism, Rich world vs Poor world

Ageing, old and new, decay and change

Animals

Art & Words

 

Beauty.The beauty myth, Self-image

Beautiful vs Ugly

Bullying

Book illustration and text

 

Casting Shadows

Colour and mood

Camouflage

Cubism

Carnival and Celebration

Culture Patterns, objects, traditions:  eg: Africa, Asia. Japan

Collections

Contrasts

 

Dance

Decay

Distortions

Dream/Surrealism

Design eg. clothes/shoes/campaign poster

Depression/Fragility

 

Equality

Emotions

 

Fear and Nightmares Environment

Faces and features

From natural to abstraction

Fantasy

Fragile things

Family

Flowers and plants

 

Graffiti/murals/Protest messages

 

Heroes

 

Identity

Inside out

Insects/butterflies in nature

Impressionism /light in painting

Illustrate a story

 

Landscapes

Landscapes of the mind, loneliness, loss

Light/dark

 

Masks

Magnification and macro

Memory

Music

Mirrors/reflection

Money /inequality

Metamorphosis/change

Money

Myths and Legends/Magic

 

Nature

New/old

 

Opposites

Out of Place

Ordinary vs extraordinary

 

Paradise

Pattern eg. patterns in nature/repeat patterns/rotational patterns

Planets/Save the planet/Space

Pop Art and Comics

People

Portrait

 

Rich world-vs-poor world

Reflections

Realism/Surrealism

Refugees/War

 

Sea /coast

Seasons

Stories and storytelling

Symbolism

Seven Deadly Sins

Self-portrait

Self-image

Secrets/a secret place

Still life

 

Texture

Time and Space

Time-lapse/freeze frame/movement

Transformation

Tropical vegetation/Jungles

Trash and/or treasure

Through a Window

 

Ugly/beautiful

Under water

 

Vegetables and Fruit

 

Washed-up, things found on a beach

World within a world

Women in Art

 

Zoom-in/Close-up

Zodiac

 

Please comment below if you have more art themes to explore in GCSE & iGCSE lessons and I will add them.

There is also a fantastic list of artists listed by theme on The Arty Teacher.  Click the link below to find out more.

artists listed by theme

The Arty Teacher

Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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