ASHS Coursebook: 2PAI (Level 2 Painting)

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How do I get endorsement in Painting?

Information icon.svg 2PAI
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A merit or excellence course endorsement for Visual Art Painting may be obtained by completing 14 credits in the above standards at merit or above for merit course endorsement, or 14 credits at excellence for excellence course endorsement. The 14 credits must include at least 3 external credits, and must be completed in the same school year. More information about NCEA course endorsements is available here:

What is this course about?

In painting you will really begin to develop your awareness of contemporary and past art practice so that you can begin to emerge as an artist.  You will take into account artist models which really inspire you to be an artist. You will generate and develop ideas to produce a body of work based on an individually selected theme. Your teacher will be responsive to your ideas and interests and will help scaffold a programme which caters for authentic, deeper learning of painting and practical art in general.

What will I learn?

We will spend time looking at relevant and contemporary artists, both international and New Zealand. We will look at how to develop visual ideas using a range of media, developing processes and individual methodologies. "Drawing" in the broad sense will form the basis to your work. Drawing involves investigation in a big range of different media. Painting involves working with a variety of tools, materials, paints, spray paints, stencils, brushes etc, etc. In this course you will be encouraged to investigate art ideas within the field of Painting as well as concepts and ideas within installation art, Photography, Sculpture and other art disciplines. You will be encouraged to view contemporary art exhibitions in galleries to broaden your knowledge and to influence your processes and methodologies.

What sorts of things will I do?

The first part of the course involves 2 x 4 credit standards (internal). These standards will be closely linked so that you develop a depth and range of ideas based on a selection of themes given. You will learn to apply knowledge of artworks to your practical tasks. You will be encouraged to develop skills using a variety of mixed media and paint. The external standard is worth 12 credits and it involves the production of a closely related and systematic body of work. This 12 credit standard is presented on a two board folio and this work will need to show further developments and extensions of ideas evolved out of the previous 2 internal standards. Students may wish to explore a new theme not related to the previous internal standards however this option will have to be discussed in detail with the teacher first. This work must have clear relationships to established art practice and show a generation, development and analysis, clarification and resolution of the ideas.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Key Dates / Milestones
  • 2.2 due week 8
Key Dates / Milestones
  • 2.3 and first folio board due end of term 2
Key Dates / Milestones
  • 2.4 (folio) due end of T3

Key Dates / Milestones: 

  • Week 2 T4 final folio due
  • No further time allowed after this date.

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment:
2 2.2 91311 Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to painting       1
2 2.3 91316
Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established painting       1
2 2.4 91324

Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within painting.  

      1       12 External

No further assessment opportunities attach to this course
Total available credits:       20

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  Follow this link to see the profile for this course.

== Frequently asked questions: == Q: What will it cost to do this subject? A: An art fee of $145 in 2018 will be charged. This covers the cost of an art pack of materials which includes paints, brushes, pencils, paper and a huge range of other materials used during the year including folio boards, courier costs etc Q: Where might painting lead? A: Degree in Fine Arts, Architecture Degree, Visual Communications, Advertising and Marketing, Film Studies, Artist, Magazine Editor, Graphic Designer, , Web Designer, Fashion Photographer, Art Director, Curator, School teacher, film director, illustrator, arts writer, art critic, animator, art gallery director, set designer, Printmaker, Textile Designer etc. Q: Should I have taken level 1 visual arts? A: You are strongly encouraged to have achieved level 1 visual arts as it is an important foundation for level 2. If you have not you will need to meet with the Specialist Subject Leader of Visual Arts to discuss your course.