CBSE-2022 Syllabus for Fine Arts Graphics Classes XI and XII

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The Course in Graphics at Senior Secondary stage as an elective subject is aimed to develop aesthetic sense of the students through the understanding of various important, well known aspects and modes of Visual Art expression in IndiaŐšs rich cultural heritage from the period of Indus Valley to the present time. It encompasses also a wider range of practical exercises in making of Graphic prints for developing their mental faculties of observation, imagination creation and physical & technical skills.


Theory (History of Indian Art)

Note: As the syllabus of Graphics (Theory) is the same as that of Painting (Theory) , its objectives are same.


The purpose of introducing practical exercises in Graphics is to help and enable to students to make simple compositions in monochrome and in colours through the various print-making techniques using methods and material specifically prescribed for adequate results. The students should be introduced to the subject by giving a short history of the print making techniques. They should be given exercises to inculcate respect for the tools and apparatus-used in the various processes including their maintenance and proper handling.

Class XI (Theory) 2 Hours and 40 Marks

Unitwise Weightage

History of Indian Art

Units-MarksPre-Historic Rock-Paintings and Art of Indus Valley-10 Marks
Buddhist & Jain and Hindu Art-15 MarksTemples Sculptures Bronzes and Artistic aspects of Indo-Islamic Artitecture-15 Marks

Notes: The Syllabus of Graphics (Theory) for Class XI is the same as that of Painting (Theory) for class XI given earlier.

Class XI (Practical) One Practical Paper Time: 6 Hours and 70 Marks

Units-MarksRelief Printing through Linocut/Woodcut/Paper-cardboard-40 Marks
Portfolio Assessment20 Marks

Unit 1: To Make Linocut/Woodcut/Paper-Cardboard Print on Imperial Sheet on a Given Subject-120

Syllabus for Relief Printing (Lonocuts/Woodcuts/Paper-cardboard Prints) .

  1. Introduction of the history of print making.
  2. Printing methods and materials.
  3. Characteristics of printing inks, solvents, and dyers.
  4. Registration methods.
  5. Simple, colour printing techniques.
  6. Finishing of the Mounting and prints.

Unit 2: Portfolio Assessment-48 Pds

  1. Record of the entire years ′ performance from sketch to finished product- (10 Marks)
  2. The selected prints (either from Linocuts/Woodcuts/Paper-cardboard prints) prepared during the course by the candidate and certified by the school authorities as the work done in the school are to be placed before the examiners for assessment (10 Marks) .


  1. The candidates should be given one hour break after first three hours.
  2. The time-table to be so framed as to allow the students to work continuously for minimum of two periods at a stretch.

Class XII (Theory) One Theory Paper 2 Hours and 40 Marks

Unitwise Weightage

History of IndianArt

  • The Rajasthani and Pahari Schools of Miniature Painting-10 Marks
  • The Mughal and Deccan schools of Miniature Painting-10 Marks
  • The Bengal School of Painting-10 Marks
  • The Modern Trends in Indian Art-10 Marks

Note: The Syllabus of Graphics (Theory) for Class XII is the same as that of Painting (Theory) for class XII given earlier.

Class XII (Practical) One Theory Paper 6 Hours and 60 Marks

Unitwise Weightage

  • Making of graphic-print through Serigraphy/Lithography/Etching
  • and Engraving (Intaglio Process) techniques-40 Marks
  • PortfolioAssessment-20 Marks

Unit 1

The students in the class are expected to opt for anyone of the following media depending upon the facilities available in their schools 120 Pds.


  1. The history of stencils and silk screen.
  2. Methods and materials.
  3. The use and maintenance of the squeeze.
  4. Sealing, registration for colour, work and preparation for printing.
  5. Solvents for cleaning, use and characteristics of printing inks.
  6. Finishing Mounting and the print. OR

Lithography-120 Pds

  1. Introduction: Short history and the methods and material used in producing lithographic prints.
  2. The use and characteristics of the Litho stone/Zinc plates.
  3. The use of lithographic chalks and ink (Tusche) .
  4. Preparing for printing and use of various chemicals inking and taking proofs.
  5. Papers used in lithography and getting the final Print.
  6. Finishing and mounting the print. OR

Etching and Engraving (Intaglio Process) -120 Pds

  1. Introduction to intaglio technique with a short history, methods and materials, Etching press.
  2. Preparing the plate and laying the ground (Resist) and Inking.
  3. Characteristics of different types of grounds.
  4. Characteristics and use of various acids.
  5. Colour etching, use of stencils and marks.
  6. Finishing and mounting the prints.

Unit2: Portfolio Assessment-48Pds

  1. Record of the entire years ′ performance from sketch to finished product- (10 Marks)
  2. Three selected prints prepared during the course by the candidate and certified by the school authorities as works done in the school and to be placed before the external examiner for assessment (10 Marks) .

Note: The time table to be so framed as to allow the students to work continuously for minimum of two periods at a stretch

Guidelines for Evaluation of Practical

Marking Scheme:

Part I: Graphic-Composition (Print Making)

  1. Emphasis on the subject-10 Marks
  2. Handling on the material and technique of print-making-10 Marks-Composition and quality of print-20 Marks
  3. Part II: Portfolio Assessment

  4. Record of the entire years ′ performance from sketch to finished product. 10 Marks
  5. Three selected Prints (4 + 3 + 3 marks for 3 prints) -10 Marks
  6. Format of the Questions

  7. Part I: Graphic Composition (print-making) 50 marks
  8. Choose one of the print-making medium available and taught in your school viz. Serigraphy, lithography, etching and engraving.
  9. Make a Graphic-Composition on anyone of the five subjects given below according to the possibility and suitability of the medium:
  10. (Note: Any five suitable subjects for “Graphic-Composition (Print-making) ” are to be decided by by the internal and external examiners jointly in accordance with the instructions are to be mentioned here) . Make use of line, tone and texture, exploiting the medium fully to realize composition. Print your composition in one or two colours. Pay special attention to print quality and cleanliness. Submit two identical prints along with all the rough layouts as your final submission. Size of the plate:
    1. Serigraphy-30 cm x 20 cm.
    2. Lithography-30 cm x 20 cm.
    3. Etching & engraving--30 cm x 20 cm.
  11. Instructions to Decide the Subjects for Graphic-Composition (Print-Making)

    1. The external and internal examiners, jointly are to select/decide five subjects suitable for Graphic-Composition (Print-Making) .
    2. Each subject should be so designed that the candidate may get a clear-cut idea of the subject, however, any candidate can perceive a subject in his/her own way but Graphic quality must be maintained in the composition.
    3. The examiners are free to select/decide the subjects, but these should be according to the standard of class XII and environment of the school/candidates.
  12. Some identified areas of the subjects for Graphic-Composition (Print-making) are given below in which some more areas may be added, if needed:
    1. Affairs of family, friends and daily life.
    2. Affairs of Professionals.
    3. Games & Sports Activities.
    4. Nature.
    5. Fantasy.
    6. National, religious & cultural events and celebrations.
    7. Ideas-personal, social, local, provincial, national or international
  13. Instructions to the Examiners

    1. Candidates should be given one hour break after first three hours.
    2. Work of the candidates for part I & II is to be evaluated on the spot by the external and internal examiners jointly.
    3. Each work of parts I & II, after assessment, is to be marked as examined and duly signed by the external and internal examiners.
  14. Some Reference Books Suggested for Teachers

    1. “The Techniques of GraphicArt” by H. Van Kruihingen.
    2. “Print Making” Harvewy Daniels (Hamlym) .
    3. “Art is Manual for Silk Screen Print Making” by Heavy Shockler.
    4. “Print Making today” by Jules Helles.
    5. “Silk Screen Techniques” J. I. Biege Leison, Dover Publication, New York.
    6. “Introducing Screen Printing” Anthony Kinsey Walson Guplill, New York.
    7. “The Art and Craft of Screen Process Printing” Kosloff, All the Bruce Publishing Co. New York.
    8. “Practical Screen Printing” Stephen Russ, Studio Vista Walson Auptill, New York.
    9. “Artists Manual for Silk, Screen Print making” Harry Shekler, AmericanArtist ′ s GrouP ′ New York.
    10. “Lithography” Vau Nostrav, Reinnold.
    11. “Lithography for Artists” Standley Loues, Oxford University Press.
    12. “Linocuts and Woodcuts” Michael Rothemstein Studio Vista, London.
    13. “Relief Printing” Michael Rothenstein Studio Vista, London. “Etching, Engraving and Intaglio Printing” Anthony Gross, Oxford University Press.
    14. “The Art of Etching” E. S. Sumaden Gouslable, London.