GCSE / IGCSE / A Level Art Exam Ideas 2013
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GCSE / IGCSE / A Level Art Exam Ideas 2013
Last updated February 8th, 2017
This article aims to help GCSE, IGCSE and A Level students come up with ideas, interpretations and artist models for their 2013 Art Exam papers. Responses are given to topics from a number of different exam papers from examination boards such as AQA, Edexcel and CIE. These suggestions are not intended to be a complete list, nor to provide ‘perfect’ ideas: rather they have been supplied to help you with the brainstorming process. Final selection of ideas should only be made in conjunction with advice from your teacher.
No topic is inherently boring. Even the most mundane can result in beautiful work. What matters is not the thing or even the idea, but the way it is interpreted; the way you respond to it, what it means to you and whether it wriggles inside and kicks at your soul.
It is important to remember, too, that it is not always necessary to have an exceptionally clever or original interpretation. Sometimes a literal or simple approach can be conveyed in a imaginative, skilful and unique way. If you have spent days searching for the ‘perfect’ interpretation, consider whether this time would be better spent starting and creating artwork. Good artwork takes time. Stop fretting about whether your idea is perfect and begin.
- Athletics / human strength / physical activity
- Movement involved in a particular forceful action
Paintings depicting movement by and :
The movement related to a particular forceful action could be explored in a similar way to these beautiful paintings by Simon Birch and David Agenjo .
- Trees / landscapes ravaged by wind
- Rain lashing a particular scene
- A boiling hot summer’s day / icecream melting
- Decay / rot / mould: an outdoor structure succumbing to the forces of nature
- Aftermath of an earthquake or some other natural disaster
- Floods / slips / erosion / cars swept away in swirling flood waters
- Gravity / falling / precarious sculptures / structures
An imaginative painting exploring gravity by :
Jeremy Geddes has produced some amazing artwork showing fantastic scenes exploring weightlessness / gravity / figures exploding through windows etc. A great artist model to look at in relation to force.
- Scientific analysis of forces
- The conversion of one force to another: i.e. an old mechanical plough / pulleys / cogs
Beautiful works from a series entitled ‘Man and the Machine’ by :
Large, textural paintings exploring the interaction between man and machine by artist Kelani Abass.
- The force of waves disintegrating items at the edge of the sea
- Societal obligations to conform
- Human perseverance in a trying circumstance / willpower / desire to survive / force of life
- Breaking or smashing something
The aftermath of force: selecting a destroyed / ruined item and seeing beauty within it, such as this collaged artwork by Patrick Bremer, might be a good approach to the Force GCSE Art exam topic.
- Recycled items being crushed together prior to transporting
- A still life where items are balanced precariously / crushed from above / squashed
These depictions of semi-sculptural arrangements of building waste by Jason Webb could be considered as the remnants of forceful action.
- Breaking something obscure and unexpected into tiny pieces and reassembling these, or using as the basis for a still life
Example of an abstract sculptural form created by :
‘Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View’ by Cornelia Parker is created from discarded fragments from an exploded garden shed. The ultimate deconstruction of force.
- The human body subjected to forces of some kind: pushing / pulling / shredding
- Mental forces and the way these shape or deform our being
These captivating portraits by artist Henrietta Harris could be interpreted in terms of the force of human emotion.
Art2day has also put together a collection of images that might inspire . For more artist model ideas, please visit the .
- Siblings sitting side by side
- Unexpected items sitting side by side on a refrigerator shelf, or in a pantry, or supermarket shelves
- Different species of animals living happily in close quarters
- Wild animals alongside tame / domestic
- Unexpected combinations of objects at unexpected scales
These striking artworks by Matthew Grabelsky juxtapose unexpected items, creating intriguing surrealist images.
- Healthy food alongside unhealthy food
- Multiple views of a single person within one portrait
- Unexpected items in bowls of food
- Drawings of items alongside actual items
The juxtoposition of first-hand source material alongside printed image: an exploration of the artistic process: cicada print by Aaron Horkey.
- Architectural openings – looking through windows / doorways / framing of scenes
- Open mouths: the never ending desire to be fed
Example: by Naman Photography:
Manipulation of bodily openings: the Scotch Tape Series.
- Pile of open books / letters / desk scene
- Animals in cages / open latches / gates / escape
- Birthday scene – unwrapping / opening presents
- Unexpected packages containing random items
- The peeling open of nuts / fruit / vegetables / discarded skins
A great Foundation sketchbook page depicting open hanging carcasses by :
Sketchbook page showing the analysis of artists who explore animal carcasses: a suitable topic for the IGCSE Art and Exam theme ‘Open’.
- Open scissors / surgical instruments
- Open hands / fingers / holding of precious items
- Breaking open something unexpected
This digital artwork by Dennis Sibeijn depicts an unexpected item broken open.
- Open boxes / cartons / packaging
- Flies landing on a food item that was left open
Beautiful drawings by students of :
Beautiful observational drawings of pinecones: the opening of seedpods.
- Something horrific floating in water
- Rubbish / litter clogging waterways
- A body caught at the bottom of the sea
- Carrying out an embarrassing activity / action in private
- Unexpected objects buried in soil
Amanda Duke has also collected some great artist models for this topic on !
- Please see our extensive list of subject matter suggestions for the ‘inside / outside‘ topic in our article .
- The Saatchi Gallery has also produced a good resource .
- This Pinterest Board by has some great artist model ideas related to Inside, Outside and In Between, as does .
Student Art Guide members are also actively discussing this topic and sharing ideas within our forum! !
- Road rollers / diggers / construction workers
- Children playing – rolling down hills etc
- Spinning wheels / cogs / mechanical items