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 who started this list and to other teachers for making suggestions which I’ve added. Some words link to art teaching resources on this website.
Aboriginal and native art
Advertising/Consumption and consumerism, Rich world vs Poor world
Ageing, old and new, decay and change
Art & Words
Beauty.The beauty myth, Self-image
Beautiful vs Ugly
Book illustration and text
Colour and mood
Carnival and Celebration
Culture Patterns, objects, traditions: eg: Africa, Asia. Japan
Design eg. clothes/shoes/campaign poster
Fear and Nightmares Environment
Faces and features
From natural to abstraction
Flowers and plants
In The News
Impressionism /light in painting
Illustrate a story
Landscapes of the mind, loneliness, loss
Magnification and macro
Myths and Legends/Magic
Out of Place
Ordinary vs extraordinary
Pattern eg. patterns in nature/repeat patterns/rotational patterns
Planets/Save the planet/Space
Pop Art and Comics
Rich world-vs-poor world
Stories and storytelling
Seven Deadly Sins
Secrets/a secret place
Time and Space
Trash and/or treasure
Through a Window
Washed-up, things found on a beach
World within a world
Women in Art
This website is for art teachers. I’m pleased that art students also enjoy it, but I am not able to respond to individual students who want help with ideas for their GCSE projects.
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.
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