Sustained Investigation Topics
Sustained Investigation Writing Prompts:
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Since we are still in a public school setting, some themes and social issues in these lists would need the use of more metaphorical imagery in order to be considered appropriate. Talk to your teacher to discuss how to navigate these serious topics.
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For some students, a set starting point makes life easier; for others, it throws up a mental block: a paralyzing fear that they will not be able to produce anything original, or – worse –that they will be forced to draw/paint/photograph/design/sculpt something that is horrendously boring and which doesn’t interests them at all.
What follows is a list of thoughts, ideas and responses to the 2012 GCSE and A Level Art exam topics from a range of different examination boards. They are intended to spur creative thought and to aid the brainstorming process.
It is worth remembering, before you begin, that no topic is inherently boring and that 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 that the best art topics are those which:
It should also be noted that ideas on this list are provided as an aid to the brainstorming process. They may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your circumstance. Selection and exploration of ideas should occur only in conjunction with advice from your teacher.
Some artist model ideas have been included with the lists below. For additional ideas, please look through Student Art Guide's Pinterest Boards.
Encounters, Experiences and Meetings
Combinations and Alliances
Inside / Outside
Harmony and Discord
People – Ordinary and/or Extraordinary
Old and New
Here and Now
Arrival / Departure
Fruit, vegetables and gardening tools placed in a setting of your choice
For more help with selecting a topic, you may like to read this blog post about what makes a good A Level Art idea.
You may also be interested in the article about the 2013 Art exam topics.
Article from Student Art Guide.
Arts in education
Black Lives Matter
Texting and Driving
Save the rainforest
Guns/ gun control
Child labor laws
Same sex marriage
Over population of pets
Lower drinking ages
Hazing /school bullies
Save the planet
Baby boomer issues
Prescription drug abuse
Violence in schools
Doping in sports
Social media addiction
Right to die
Legalization of marijuana
Cruelty to animals
College rape crisis
Right to vote
Fashion/ dress codes
Equality in education
Me Too Movement/Never Again