Frequently Asked Questions

Please browse through our most frequently asked questions below:

 

Are you looking for our forum?

We have temporarily deactivated the Student Art Guide forum, as we were receiving so many questions that answering these became impossible and left no time for writing articles. Forum answers quickly became ‘lost’, whereas our articles are able to help thousands of students over and over again. We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions (below) with many questions that were asked within the forum. This leaves us free to spend most of our time writing articles and creating more free teaching resources, so that we are able benefit many of our audience at once. We hope to look at reinstating a question / answer facility in the future; possibly hiring teachers to be on-hand to answer questions. If you would like to help us reach this goal sooner, please see how you can help us! You may also like to view our list of private high school Art tutors, who are available to assist students individually face-to-face or with online tutoring. 

I cannot think of a good theme or topic for my art project. Can you help me?

Please read our article about how to select a great art project idea. This article contains our best advice about how to come up with a good idea for a Coursework or examination project and includes a flowchart to help you evaluate whether your idea is suitable. We provide examples of how to interpret art exam topics (see examples of brainstorming exam topics here and here) as well as a long list of ‘cool’ art project ideas to help students who are completely stuck.

I have started my high school art project, but I am stuck and don’t know how to move forward or develop my ideas.

Many high school students are confused about what ‘development’ means in an Art project. Please read how to develop ideas which includes a process by which students can use inspiration from relevant artists to move their project forward towards an original solution. If you feel as though you need to be more creative with media, you may find our series about creative use of media for Painting / Fine Art students and our list of 100+ creative photography ideas helpful. If you need personal assistance, please view our list of Art tutors.

Can you suggest suitable artists for me to study?

There are many artists in the world. It can be daunting to know how and where to find someone suitable to study. We are working on an article to help you with this (see our initial artist model recommendations for Painting / Fine Art students – to be updated soon) which will include detailed guidance about the best places to locate and discover artists. For now, we recommend that you follow us on Pinterest, where we have an enormous collection of suitable artists for students to study. It may be particularly helpful to view our collection of artist drawings, paintings, photography, collage / mixed media, sculptures, textiles, printmaking, graphic design, product design and digital art.

Can you help me privately with my art project?

The Student Art Guide is unable to assist students privately or offer paid tuition, as it is more efficient to use our time producing free resources and articles that can help large number of students at one time. If you would like us to write an article about something that hasn’t been addressed yet, please use our contact page and select the ‘suggestion for an article topic‘ option. We also have a growing list of face-to-face and online Art tutors, who are available to assist high school Art students.

I am an Art teacher. Can you provide some advice?

Unfortunately, as above, the Student Art Guide is unable to offer professional development for teachers (however this is something we may look at for the future!), as it is more efficient to use our time producing free resources and articles that can help large numbers of people at one time. If you would like us to write an article about something that hasn’t been addressed yet, please use our contact page and select the ‘suggestion for an article topic‘ option. We have also started a Facebook Group for High School Art teachers. We would love to have you join!

Can I print your resources and use them in my high school Art class?

You are welcome to print any articles or resources from this website for use within a high school Art class as long as www.studentartguide.com is credited as the source of information. You are also welcome to link to our website as part your school curriculum documentation or on your own website or school intraweb (this is greatly appreciated). This helps others find us and it is one of the best ways to thank us for the time it took to prepare these resources (see more ways to help us).

Note: You must not publish our material in any other format, such copying articles and uploading these to your own blog, as we have worked hard to ensure that the Student Art Guide contains original information that is not published elsewhere. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Many people have requested a larger printable copy of the poster within our 150+ Art Careers article: we are working on this and it will be available soon! Please ensure that you are subscribed to our website in order to receive updates.

Do you accept articles for publishing on the Student Art Guide?

We publish original articles by experienced high school Art teachers or students. We do not publish articles by those looking to gain links for their products or articles that have been published elsewhere.

If you are a teacher or Art student who is interested in writing for us, we would love to hear from you. Please read our submission guidelines.

I would like to feature my artwork on your website. How do I submit it?

We share outstanding student art projects – typically those that have gained 80% (A*) or more in a variety of high school Art qualifications. This can be an excellent opportunity for a young artist to promote their work and for schools to celebrate the achievement of past students. We also publish lesson plans (coming soon) for middle school and junior high school students.

If you have a single excellent work, as opposed to a whole project to share, we may also be interested in using your work to illustrate one of our articles. Feel free to contact us if this is the case.

All artwork is credited clearly with the student name and school. For more information, please read our submission guidelines.

The advice given on the Student Art Guide conflicts that of my own Art teacher. What should I do?

We want to reassure you that the Student Art Guide is not designed to replace the advice of your own teacher. Remember, also, that unlike other subjects, such as maths and science, there is often not one single right answer. If the advice here conflicts with that of your own school, remember that your own teacher knows you better than anyone on the internet ever can and has seen your work in person. Nothing can replace the hands-on advice of the qualified teacher in your own classroom. Your teacher will also be experienced with the individual requirements of your own qualification. Many of the articles on the Student Art Guide are generic in nature and are intended to assist students studying a large range of qualifications. You are responsible for the decisions you make in your own art project. If in doubt, ask your teacher!

Does this site use cookies?

Yes, we do. Please read our Privacy Statement for more information about the Student Art Guide’s use of cookies.

Who created the Student Art Guide? 

The Student Art Guide was created by Amiria Robinson, an Art teacher in New Zealand. You can find out more on our About page.

Is there anything I can do to help the Student Art Guide?

Yes! There are lots of ways that our audience can help us. Many of these are free and quick, such as sharing links to our articles via social media. Please read the full list of ways that you can help us!

My question wasn’t answered. May I contact you?

If your question has not been answered above, you are welcome to use our contact form to make a ‘suggestion for an article topic‘. This helps us know what to write about and which articles to prioritise. Unfortunately, due to the number of emails we receive, we are unable to respond to every email and cannot answer personal queries about your art project via email. Thank you!