Last updated 19/02/2014

Cool Art Project Ideas

This is a concise article, aimed at helping students generate ‘cool’ art project ideas. What follows is a list of art project ideas that might be suitable starting points for those studying high school qualifications such as GCSE, IGCSE or A Level Art. 

thinking of cool art project ideas

These ideas have been collated from students, teachers, artists, examination papers and from those kind enough to comment on the Student Art Guide. This list is largely aimed at helping the brainstorming process, prompting original thought and spurring a student into thinking creatively. The suggestions are primarily subject-matter orientated (i.e. based upon a physical object or scene) and do not begin to address the theme or message -  something that is as important as the subject itself. For those students who need more in-depth direction and guidance in this area, I recommend reading the accompanying guide for selecting good A Level Art project ideas. Students may also like to read this list of possible Art exam topic interpretations.

 

Creative Art Project Ideas

  • Chickens in cages

  • Pigs in pens

  • Discarded / rubbish

  • Abuse

  • Alcoholism

  • Drugs

  • Bullying

  • Self-harm

  • Binge eating

  • Sugar and the malnourished obese

  • Corn husks

  • Banana skins

  • A carcass, turning on a spit

  • Hunting

  • Train stations

  • Toilets / broken, dirty, graffiti-covered

  • Mice in experiments

  • Students in an examination room

  • Students in a classroom

  • A dead sheep

  • A herd of cows

  • A milking shed

  • An abattoir

  • Aerial view of a city

  • A slice through the brain

  • Bone collections

  • The art room sink

  • A hospital

  • Newborn baby

  • At the dentist

  • Meat

  • A factory scene / manual labour

  • The photographer

  • Weird things in jars

  • Manipulation of scale (tiny humans in an over-sized setting)

  • Cancer

  • Snapshot moments

  • Moving house

  • Urban decay

  • Out the window

  • Merry go round / at the fair

  • Painted faces

  • Running marathons

These two sketchbooks by Megan E. Bluhm Foldenauer may also give you some ideas:

 

 

 

This list is constantly updated. If you are looking for more inspiration, you may be interested in reading how to select a good A Level Art Idea. Alternatively, you may like to discuss your art project ideas with someone in our forum!

Amiria RobinsonThis article was written by Amiria Robinson. Amiria has been a teacher of Art & Design and a Curriculum Co-ordinator for seven years, responsible for the course design and assessment of Art and Design work in two high-achieving Auckland schools. Amiria has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, Bachelor of Architecture (First Class Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching. She is a CIE Accredited Art & Design Coursework Assessor. Follow Amiria on Google+