ASHS Coursebook: 3PAI (Level 3 Painting)

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Information icon.svg 3PAI
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What is this course about?

The first part of the course, (term one), is teacher directed and ideas driven. You will be given a series of tasks which encourage you to generate, develop and clarify pictorial ideas. You will be required to explore a variety of drawing media and paint media, alongside a range of visual options and possibilities. You will be required to establish good knowledge and understanding of a range of established artist models to support and develop your own art practice. Early in the year you will begin work on an individual painting proposal The second part of the course is an individually structured programme where students will generate their own individual painting proposal in preparation for a three board folio of work. You will work closely with the teacher for guidance with the expectation that you will continually show and discuss your work openly and maturely. You will be required to explore a chosen theme in depth which will need extensive thinking, planning and documentation of a range of possible pathways to advance the theme visually.

What will I learn?

The emphasis is on your chosen investigation and proposal and you develop your ideas based on this conceptual and creative process. It is really important that you learn to generate, develop, unpick and regenerate your ideas through analysis and critical thinking, and be able to articulate both visually and orally what your intent is. You will be encouraged to understand how to synthesise your ideas to bring your work to a point of resolution. You need to take a mature approach to Year 13 painting and think critically to determine a of depth analysis of pictorial and conceptual concerns. This takes courage and in turn, you will learn to take calculated risks with your art practice.

What sorts of things will I do?

The boundaries of painting are fluid and they are fused together with drawing, multi-media work, photography, and sculpture. You will have the freedom to explore different avenues if you are systematic and well organised in your planning processes. A journal will be kept that documents your thinking and working process. Through the study of artist model works and gallery visits you will enhance your understanding of painting. You will need to be a motivated student who asks questions and extends your ideas through exploration of paint and other art media to develop pictorial and conceptual concerns. You will be encouraged to participate in group critiques and be an active member of this course through peer assessment. Self motivation and consistent work habits are the key to your success.

How do I get endorsement in Level 3 VA Painting?

A merit or excellence course endorsement for 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:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

Key Dates / Milestones
  • 3.2 due week 10
Key Dates / Milestones
  • 3.3 and first folio board due week 10
Key Dates / Milestones
  • Folio board 1 & 2 plus top board 3 due

Key Dates / Milestones

  • Final folio due week 3

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment:
3 AS 91446            (3.2)
Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to Painting.



3 AS 91451            (3.3)
Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established Painting practice.
3 AS 91456            (3.4)
Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within Painting practice.   2  14 External


(optional) - no credits

The student will demonstrate the ability to think and work critically and fluently in the production of original work, and provide evidence or analysis, synthesis and communication that critically underpins their individual practice.
Total available credits:   22

There is an opportunity to complete 4 further credits = 3.5 - "produce a resolved art work"

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.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarship involves two components: the workbook and the portfolio,(i.e.AS 91456 - 14 credits) and together they inform each other. The workbook and portfolio should articulate visual and conceptual arguments to form a body of exploratory and investigative work which clearly show evidence of the generation, development, analysis, clarification, synthesis and re-generation of the chosen theme. The work should show evidence of on-going decision making, evaluation and in-depth exploration and research of ideas. The workbook consists of eight A3 sized pages only. The research and thinking evident on these pages is marked under three specific assessment criteria, - analysis, communication and synthesis.

Frequently asked questions:

Literacy Credits:

We will not be offering any literacy credits in this subject in 2017.

What do I do about art materials for this course?

There is a take home pack of materials costing $150 in 2018 which you are required to pay. There are many added expenses such as folio boards, glues, extra paint and paint mediums, blu tac, tapes, courier fee to transport folio to Wellington which is part of this take home pack of materials.

Do I need to have taken Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts?

It is expected that students will have undertaken visual arts in Year 11 and Year 12 Painting.  These two years are the foundation years where students grasp the necessary technical, creative thinking and conceptual skills that are much needed otherwise students will find this course challenging. If a student has not taken painting at level 2 then they must discuss their decision to do level 3 painting with the SSL of Visual Arts before they begin the course.

What tertiary courses could I go to?

Unitec, Whitecliff, AUT, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, Wellington Polytechnic, Wintec (Hamilton) and Massey University to name a few all offer courses involving the Arts. Whether fine arts, Architecture, graphic design, animation, photography and media art, arts therapy, fashion design or product and furniture design, Year 13 art will be a building block towards your future career.

Go to this website for further information.