CBSE-2021 Syllabus for Fine Arts Classes XI and XII

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A student may offer anyone of the following courses:

  1. Painting (Code No. 049) OR
  2. Graphics (Code No. 050) OR
  3. Sculpture (Code No. 051) OR
  4. Applied Art-Commercial Art (Code No. 052)

The following art terminologies for all the four subjects are prescribed only for reference and general enrichment.

Elements of Composition: Point, line, form, colour, tone, texture and space.

Principles of Composition: Unity, harmony, balance, rhythm, emphasis and proportion, abstraction and stylisation.

Drawing & Painting-: Foreshortening, perspective, eye-level, fixed point of view, Vanishing point, ratio-proportion, sketching, proportion sketching, drawing, light & shade, painting from still-life, land-scape, anatomy, vertical, horizontal, two & three dimensional, transparent & opaque.

Materials-: Paper (Cartridge, Handmade etc.) , pencil, water, acrylic colours, tempera colours, poster colours, pastel colours, waterproof ink, canvas and hard-board.

Media of Composition: Collage, Mosaic, Painting, Mural, Fresco, Batik Tie & Dye.

Sculpture-: Relief and round sculpture, modelling with clay, terra-cotta, carving in wood, stone, bronze casting, Plaster of Paris and metal welding.

Graphics-: Linocut, relief printing, etching, Lithography, Silk screen printing letter press and offset printing.

Applied Art: Book cover design and illustration, cartoo, poster, advertisements for newspaper and magazine animation and printage processes. photography, computer graphic, hoarding and T. V. Portfolio Assessment Method Introduction: The Art Portfolio will consist of a compilation of all art work, from sketch to finished product. The submission would include both the original and improved versions of assigned tasks reflective of gradual improvement. Step by step development of the work will be assessed in all units.

Components of a Portfolio

  • Schedule of work
  • Research Skills
  • Resources and materials
  • Connections with artists or art movements
  • Art making skills
  • Personal artist statement
  • Studies (e. g. Composition/techniques-medium)
  • Picture of the final work (Reflective skills)
  • Evaluation of final work (affective skills)
  • any kind of personalized notes relation to art

Profile of Learners Growth

Values and Attitudes Rubric

The learner develops the ability to:

  • Respect, appreciate and demonstrate an open mind towards the artistic expression of others
  • Appears enthusiastic and willing to study artistic expressions from other cultures or regions of the world that are very different from own.
  • Accept different forms and styles and tries to explore their meaning.
  • Be sensitive towards other՚s creations
  • Be ready to research and transfer his/her learning to his/her own art
  • Take initiative
  • Be responsible for his/her own learning and progress
  • Apply theoretical knowledge in practical contexts
  • Possess information and communication technology skills
  • Be resourceful and organize information effectively
  • Listen effectively

Portfolio/Assessment for Fine Arts-May be Done on the Basis of Following Criteria

Creativity: Candidates are required to produce evidence that demonstrates a creative approach to problem-solving. Evidence should also include the ability to interpret a given brief and original approaches to producing a solution. Sketchbooks, notebooks and relevant support material should form part of this evidence.

  1. Drawing
  2. Detailed Study-observation, record, analysis, interpreting a variety of subject.
  3. Mood reflected
  4. Follow-up of the Fundamentals of VisualArts (Elements and Principles)
  5. Message the artist wants to convey


The knowledge gained with the help of case study (historical importance, great artist work) . How the above has been understood in relation to the topic or the theme taken up by the student?


To foster creativity and self expression (basic understanding of colour concept and application in relation to colour and texture of the material used by the student) . Size, details, proportion required according to the base used for the painting medium chosen according to their Art stream. Techniques studied from folk style, contemporary art or traditional art should be used while creating a new concept.

The Learners

  • Discover their potential for creativity, self-expression and visual awareness through paining.
  • Feel confident with the chosen medium as a means of communicating and generating ideas.
  • Develop observation, recording, manipulation and application skills.
  • Experiment with a range of media and techniques.
  • Relate their work to other artists work and understand the historical context of this work.
  • Understand the basic principles of colour.
  • Develop critical awareness.

Execution of Work

  • Highlight the method of work giving a historical study of the work.
  • Originality in the presentation (paintings, sketches etc.)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic colour principles, colour mixing and representation.
  • Employ a variety of traditional and experimental techniques and processes
  • Use a variety of media and materials
  • Observe, record, analyse, interpret a variety of subjects, including:
    1. the manufactured environment
    2. the natural environment
    3. the human figure
  • Present evidence of personal enquiry and self expression
  • Discuss and relate own work to recognized artists work
  • Observe colour in other craft and design areas
  • Make informed critical judgement on work in progress
  • Experimentation
  • Progressive Work
  • Candidates are required to show evidence of research carried out. It is expected that their skills will demonstrate evidence of process and the exploration of a wide range of subjects. An accepted standard of achievement using a range of media and material should be an integral part of the candidate՚s development.
  • Skills
  • Sound aesthetic judgement and organizational skills should be demonstrated in the process of work presented by a candidate.
  • Logical organization and collection of creations.
  • Critical evaluation and aesthetic judgement applied.

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