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 information? How have other artists approached the theme? Tate’s exam help resource provides some ideas and inspiration to help you get started…
Unsettling images of physical isolation, moving insights into what it’s like to feel alone and spaces for contemplation and solitude from the stresses of life…
From folding as a technique to folds in nature and folded bodies…explore how folded forms are used in art
Scraps of paper, old photographs, bits of junk: ordinary things and extraordinary things…research art made by assembling objects and images
Whether inspired by the impact of new technology on society and lifestyle, or using new technology to make work: discover how artists have responded to technological change
From art inspired by architectural shapes and structures to artists who use architecture to explore society and identity – explore architecture in art
Re-think domestic interiors in art: tip-toe into awkward spaces, explore rooms that reference social or political issues and be surprised by abstract impressions of domestic scenes
See details of everyday things in a surprising new light and be dazzled by intricate patterns – discover details in art
Big things that should be small, familiar things made unfamiliar: discover how out of place things and people can appear unsettling and strange in art
Hanging objects, sculptures – and buildings! People suspended in water or air and structures that rely on suspension: explore suspended as a theme in art
From abstract artworks inspired by music – to art that can be listened to as well as looked at! Discover music in art
By hiding or disguising the details of things or people, artists change how they appear: they become mysterious and sometimes disturbing…
From art about landmarks to art that is itself a landmark: find out how landmarks feature in art
Explore industrial landscapes and architecture in Tate's collection
What is self-image and how have artists explored the theme?
From artists who use skulls as symbols to those who explore their structure…browse a selection of artworks on the theme of skulls
Artworks about childhood, or about a particular place, event or person…how have artists explored memory?
A relationship is a connection or association between people, things or ideas – but how has it been used in art?
From letters and words that add texture and visual interest, to words that make you think and act. Discover how artists have used letters and words
Explore how artists have responded to events and issues...and how art can be used as a call to action
Discover some of the surprising ways artists use outline and grab some ideas for your own research
Find out how lines, marks, shapes and colour can be used to suggest movement – and look at some art that actually moves!
We wear it everyday…we like looking at it in magazines…we shop for it and dress up to go out in it…but can clothing be art?
Find out how ritual has been used as a theme in art, and decide what ritual means to you…
From tender images of new mums and babies to more in-depth explorations of mother and child relationships, discover how artists have explored the theme of ‘mother and child’
Force can mean power, energy or strength; it could refer to aggression, control or weapons…how have other artists explored the theme of ‘force’?
Food is always going to be a popular subject – but food in art? Discover how a slice of pizza, box of chips or a humble potato can become art
To alter, mutate, revamp or revolutionise are just a few of the meanings of ‘transform’: how have artists explored this theme?
Everyday or unexpected, straight-forward or symbolic…find our about the very different ways artists have used objects in their work
Re-purposed, messed-up road maps, mindmaps which explore history and society and the mapping of locations and spaces – explore artworks that use maps
Whether documenting travels, exploring locations, or following personal journeys relating to identity, find inspiration on how 'journeys' can be used as a theme in art
What is mark making? How do artists make expressive qualities? Are they just dots, scribbles, and brushstrokes, or is there more to it?
Be inspired by artists who use a combination of different materials to make their art
From aerial views of landscapes and cityscapes, to views from above abstracted into patterns and shapes, discover how artists have pictured looking down on things!
More useful stuff
Tips for searching Tate's collection to find artists, artworks and themes
Browse Tate's online glossary which is designed to explain and illuminate some of the art terminology you will find on our website, from abstract art to Zero
Through a series of learning tutorials, let artists and curators take you on a journey through art histories and practices from around the world
These resources offer creative strategies to support a broad range of Art and Design curriculum at GCSE, BTEC, AS and A Level.
This new resource for KS3 students, introduces cubist artists, ideas and techniques and provides discussion and activity suggestions for creating a cubist artwork for the twenty-first century
Explore key artists and artworks in Tate's collection with our online resources