You have your art exam paper and you need to start researching artworks for your final exam. Where do you start? How do you find relevant inspiration? How have other artists approached the themes?

Our exam help resources provide some ideas and inspiration to help you get started researching different themes for your art exam.

Past exam help themes

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Still Life Exam Help

Explore still lifes, from realistic to abstract, familiar to unexpected

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Dynamism and Movement Exam Help

Explore artists who use lines, marks, shapes and colour to suggest a sense of movement; to artists who make kinetic ...

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Landmarks Exam Help

From art about landmarks to art that is itself a landmark: get some inspiration on the theme of landmarks for ...

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Diary Exam Help

From sketchbooks to video diaries and the everyday to big life events, explore how artists have used diaries to record ...

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Mark Making Exam Help

Explore the different ways artists use marks and expressive qualities

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Outline Exam Help

Discover some of the surprising ways artists use outline and grab some unusual ideas for your own research

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Clothing Exam Help

Explore art which uses clothing as a theme, from what it can say about identity to taking inspiration from shapes ...

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Events and Issues Exam Help

A look at some of the ways other artists have responded to events and issues, whether small and personal or ...

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Masks Exam Help

Explore how artists have used masks in their work, to protect, disguise, hide and amuse

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Student resources Memory Exam Help

Explore how artists have worked with the theme of memory

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Food Exam Help

Explore art about food. Can a humble bag of chips or slice of pizza become a masterpiece?

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Mother and Child Exam Help

From tender images of new mums and babies to more in-depth explorations of mother and child relationships, discover how artists ...

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Journeys Exam Help

Ideas and inspiration on how journeys can be used as a theme in art

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Relationship Exam Help

Exploring relationships in art, as a connection or association between people, things or ideas

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Letters and Words Exam Help

From letters and words that add texture and visual interest, to words that make you think and act…discover how other ...

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Force Exam Help

Explore how artists have represented force in art

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Ritual Exam Help

Discover how ritual has been used as a theme in art, and decide what ritual means to you.

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Self-Image Exam Help

Explore how artists have represented themselves, and others, using portraiture

Isolation exam help

Unsettling images of physical isolation, moving insights into what it’s like to feel alone and spaces for contemplation and ...

Architecture Exam Help

From art inspired by architectural shapes and structures to artists who use architecture to explore society and identity – explore architecture in art

Domestic Interiors Exam Help

Explore some very different takes on the domestic interior: from rooms that reference social or political issues to abstract impressions ...

Assembled Exam Help

Scraps of paper, old photographs, bits of junk: ordinary things and extraordinary things…research art made by assembling objects and images

Folded Exam Help

From folding as a technique to folds in nature and folded bodies…explore how folded forms are used in art

Walking Exam Help

Some artists use walking to explore and interpret their environments, others capture the body in motion: research some of the ...

Out of Place Exam Help

Big things that should be small, familiar things made unfamiliar: discover how out of place things and people can appear ...

Music in Art Exam Help

From abstract artworks inspired by music – to art that can be listened to as well as looked at! Discover ways ...

Wrap Exam Help

By hiding or disguising the details of things or people, artists change how they appear: they become mysterious and sometimes disturbing…

Suspended Exam Help

Hanging objects, sculptures – and bodies! People suspended in water or air…and structures that rely on suspension: explore suspended as ...

Technological Change Exam Help

Whether inspired by the impact of new technology on society and lifestyle, or using new technology to make work: discover ...

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Transformation Exam Help

Explore how artists have transformed objects and ideas through their work

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Details Exam Help

From artworks that focus on the details of the everyday to artworks made from intricate and elaborate imagery, explore details ...