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

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