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 ideas and inspiration to get you started with your research.

Latest exam help themes

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Human Figure Exam Help

Explore people drawn, painted or sculpted from life and art that explores abstract ideas about being human

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News and Events Exam Help

Look at artists responses to news, from headline-grabbing events and social or political issues, to stories of the extraordinary everyday

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Materials Exam Help

From 'usual' to unlikely art materials: explore textures, qualities, techniques and symbolism of things artists use to make their work

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Light and Dark Exam Help

Look at artworks made from light and shadow to the symbolic use of light and dark to make powerful statements

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Weather Exam Help

From sun worshipers, cloud gazers and storm chasers to artists who use the weather to explore broader themes and ideas

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Trees Exam Help

From atmosphere and symbolism to textures and abstract shapes, explore how trees have inspired artists

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Interwoven Exam Help

Explore art that interweaves materials, ideas, experiences and histories

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Perspective Exam Help

From vanishing points to points of view, explore perspective in art

Past exam help themes

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Still Life Exam Help

Not just fruit and flowers, explore still lifes from realistic to abstract and familiar to unexpected

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Dynamism and Movement Exam Help

Explore how artists use marks and colour to suggest motion or make kinetic, performance and video art to explore movement

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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 use diaries to record the ...

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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

Much more than just a line! Discover surprising ways artists use outlines in art from graphic to graffiti or abstract ...

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Clothing Exam Help

Explore art and fashion, from what clothes can say about identity to shapes, patterns and textures of clothing inspired by ...

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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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Memory Exam Help

Explore memories of the past, memories of people and fading memories to see how artists recall and reminisce in art

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Food Exam Help

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

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Mother and Child Exam Help

Discover tender images of new mums and babies and artists' in-depth explorations of mother and child relationships

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Journeys Exam Help

From physical journeys and migration to journeys of self-discovery, get ideas and inspiration about journeys 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 to words that make you think and act, discover how artists use letters ...

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Force Exam Help

From forces of nature and forceful feelings to force as a method, explore how artists have used force in art

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Ritual Exam Help

What is a ritual? Discover how ritual has been used as a theme in art and decide what it means ...

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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 ...

Skulls Exam Help

From artists who use skulls as symbols to those who explore their structure, browse a selection of artworks about skulls

Maps Exam Help

Look at maps in art, from re-purposed, messed-up road maps to mapping the cultural and physical movements of people and ...

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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 art that focus on details of the everyday to works made from intricate and elaborate imagery, explore details as ...