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CBSE Class 12 Painting Syllabus 2011

Mar 17, 2011 15:28 IST



One Theory Paper

Time: 2 Hours

40 Marks


Units Marks
History of Indian Art  
1. The Rajasthani and Pahari Schools of Miniature Painting 10
2. The Mughal and Deccan Schools of Miniature Painting 10
3. The Bengal School of Painting 10
4. The Modern Trends in Indian Art 10

Unit 1: The Rajasthani and Pahari Schools of Miniature Painting
(16th Century A.D. to 19th Century A.D.) 24 Pds.

A brief introduction to Indian Miniature Schools: Western-Indian, Pala, Rajasthani, Mughal, Central India, Deccan and Pahari.

(A) The Rajasthani School :
(1) Origin and Development
(2) Sub-Schools-Mewar, Bundi, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kishangarh and Jaipur
(3) Main features of the Rajasthani School
(4) Study of the following Rajasthani Paintings:


Title Painter Sub-School
Maru-Ragini  Sahibdin Mewar
Raja Aniruddha Singh Hara Utkal Ra Bundi
Chaugan Players Dana Jodhpur
Krishna on swing Nuruddin Bikaner
Radha (Bani- Thani)  Nihal Chand Kishangarh
Bharat meets Rama at Chitrakut  Guman Jaipur

(B) The Pahari School:

(1) Origin and development
(2) Sub-Schools-Basohli and Kangra
(3) Main features of the Pahari School
(4) Study of the following Pahari Paintings:


Title Painter Sub-School
Krishna with Gopis  Unknown Basohli
Raga Megha Unknown Kangra

Unit 2: The Mughal and Deccan Schools of Miniature Painting (16th Century AD to 19th Century A.D.) 24 Pds.

(A) The Mughal School
(1) Origin and development
(2) Main features of the Mughal School
(3) Study of the following Mughal Paintings:


Title  Painter Period
Krishna Lifting Mount Goverdhan Miskin Akbar
Babur Crossing the River Sone Jagnath Akbar
Jahangir Holding the  Abul Hassan Jahangir
Picture of Madona    
Falcon on a Bird Rest  Ustad Mansoor Jahangir
Kabir and Raidas  Ustad Faquirullah Khan Shahjahan
Marriage Procession of Dara Shikoh  Haji Madni Provincial Mughal (Avadh)

(B) The Deccan School

(1) Origin and development
(2) Main features of the Deccan School
(3) Study of the following Deccan Paintings:


Title Painter Sub-School
Dancers  Unknown Hyderabad
Chand Bibi Playing Polo (Chaugan)  Unknown Gol Konda

Unit 3: The Bengal School Painting 24 Pds.
(Above mid of the 19th Centuary)

(A) (I) A. New Era in Indian Art-an introduction
B. Study of the following painting
(i) Rama Vanquishing the pride of the ocean-Raja Ravi Varma

(2) Evolution of the Indian National Flag (First - 1906, Middle - 1921 and Final 1947 stages)
: Study of the form and the colour scheme

(B) (1) Introduction to the Bengal School of Painting
(i) Origin and development of the Bengal School of painting
(ii) Main features of the Bengal School of painting

(2) Contribution of Indian artists in the struggle for National Freedom Movement

(3) Study of the following paintings of the Bengal school:
(i) Journey’s End - Abanindranath Tagore
(ii) Parthasarthi - Nandlal Bose
(iii) Radhika - M.A.R. Chughtai

Unit 4 The Modern Trends in Indian Art

(1) Study of the following Paintings:
(i) Magician-Gaganendranath Tagore
(ii) Mother and child-Jamini Roy
(iii) Woman Face-Rabindranath Tagore
(iv) Three Girls-Amrita Sher Gil

(2) Study of the following pieces of Sculpture:
(i) Triumph of Labour-D.P. Roychowdhury
(ii) Santhal Family-Ramkinker Vaij

(3) Study of the following work of contemporary (modern) Indian Art’

(a) Paintings
(i) Mother Teresa-M.F. Husain.
(ii) Birth of Poetry-K.K. Hebbar
(iii) Gossip-N.S. Bendre
(iv) Untitled-G.R. Santosh
(v) Diagonal- Tyeb Mehta

(b) Graphic-prints:
(i) Whirl pool-Krishna Reddy
(ii) Children-Somnath Hore
(iii) Devi-Jyoti Bhatt
(iv) Of Walls-Anupam Sud
(v) Man, Woman and Tree K. Laxma Goud

(c) Sculptures
(i) Standing Woman-Dhanraj Bhagat
(ii) Cries Un-heard-Amar Nath Sehgal
(iii) Ganesha- P.V.Jankiram
(iv) Figure- Sankho Chaudhuri
(v) Chatturmukhi- Aekka Yada Giri Rao

Note: The names of artists and litles of their art work as listed above are only suggestive and in no
way exhaustive. Teachers and students should expand this according to their own resources.
However, the questions will be set from the above mentioned art works only.



One Practical Paper

Time: 6 Hours (3+3)

60 Marks
Unitwise Weightage


Units Marks
1. Nature, and Object Study
2. Painting Composition
3. Portfolio Assessment

Unit 1: Nature and Object study 60 Pds.

Studies on the basis of exercises done in class XI with two or three objects and drapery for
background. Exercises in pencil with light and shade and in full colour from a fixed point of

Unit 2: Painting Composition 60 Pds.

Imaginative painting based on subjects from Life and or Nature in water and poster colours
with colour values.

Unit 3: Portfolio Assessment 48 Pds.

(a) Record of the entire years' performance from sketch to finished product. (10 Marks)
(b)Five selected Nature and object Study exercises in any media done during the session, including minimum of two still life exercises. (5 Marks)
(c)Two selected works of paintings done by the candidate during the year (5 Marks)

These selected works prepared during the course by the candidate and certified by the school authorities as the work done in the school will be placed before the examiners for assessment.

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,

1. Marking Scheme:

Part I: Nature and Object Study,

(i) Drawing (composition) 10
(ii) Treatment of media/colours 05
(iii) Overall impression 05

Part II: Painting Composition
(i) Compositional arrangement including emphasis on the subject 10
(ii) Treatment of media colour 05
(iii) Originality and overall impression 05

Part III: Portfolio Assessment
(a) Record of the entire years' performance from sketch to finished product 10
(b) Five selected Nature and object study exercises in any media including minimum of two still lives 05
(c) Two selected painting compositions prepared on the basis of life and nature 05

2. Format of the Questions:

Part I: Nature and Object Study

Draw and paint the still-life of a group of objects arranged on a drawing board before you,
from a fixed point of view (given to you), on a drawing paper of half imperial size in pencil/
colours. Your drawing should be proportionate ‘to the size of the paper. The objects should
be painted in realistic manner with proper light and shade and perspective etc. In this study
the drawing-board is not to be included.

Note: A group of objects to be decided by the external and internal examiners jointly as per
instructions. The objects for Nature study and object study are to be arranged before the

Part II: Painting Composition :

Make a Painting-Composition on anyone of the following five subjects in any medium (Water/
Pastel, Tempera, Acrylic) of your choice on a drawing-paper of half imperial size either
horizontally or vertically. Your composition should be original and effective. Weightage will
be given to a well composed drawing, effective use of media, proper emphasis on the subject
matter and utilization of full-space.

Note: Any five subjects for Painting Composition are to be decided by the external and internal
examiners jointly as per instructions and are to mentioned here strictly just before the start of
the examination for part II.

3. (A)Instructions for the selection of the objects for Nature and Object Study:

1. The examiners, are to select/decide two or three. suitable objects in such a way so that
Natural and Geometrical forms may be covered in the group of objects:
(i) Natural-forms-large size foliage and flowers, fruits, and vegetables etc.
(ii) Geometrical forms made of Wood/Plastic/Paper/ Metal/Earthen etc. such as cube,
cone, prism, cylinder and sphere.

2. Objects should be selected generally of large (suitable) size.

3. An object relating to nature, according to the season and location of the examination centtre,
must be included in the group of objects. The natural-objects should be purchased/arranged
only on the day of the examination so that its freshness may be maintained.

4. Two draperies in different colours (one in dark and other in light tone) are also to be included
for background and foreground, keeping in view the colours and tones of the objects selected.

(B) Instructions to decide the subjects for Painting-Composition:
1. The examiners, are to select/decide five subjects suitable for Painting-Composition.
2. The subjects should be so designed that the candidates may get clear-cut ideas of the subjects
and they can exercise their imagination freely, because it is not important what you do, but
how you do it.
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.
Some identified areas of the subjects for Painting-Composition are given below, in which
some more areas may also be added:
(i) Affairs of family friends and daily life.’
(ii) Affairs of family Professionals.
(iii) Games and sports activities.
(iv) Nature
(v) Fantasy
(vi) National, religious, cultural, historical and social events and celebrations.

4. General Instructions to the examiners :
1. Candidates should be given one hour break after first three hours.
2. Work of the candidates, for Parts I, II and III, pre to be evaluated on the spot jointly by the
external and internal examiners.
3. Each work of Part I, II and III, after assessment is to be marked as "Examined" and duly
signed by the external and internal examiners jointly.

Some Reference Books Suggested for Teachers (For Practical Portion) :
1. “Paint Still life” by Claretta White yet to be revised (Walter T. Foster Publication).
2. “Art of Drawing” Grumbacher Library Wook (Walter T. Foster Publication).
3. “On Techniques” By Leon Frank (Walter T. Foster Publication).
4. “More Trees” by Fredrick Gardner (Walter T. Foster Publication).
5. “How to Draw and Paint Textures of Animals” By Walter J. Wilweding (Water T. Foster Publication).
6. “How to Draw and Paint Animal Expressions” by Walter J. Wilweding (Walter T. Foster Publication).
7. “Art of the Pencil” by Borough Johnson (Sir ISAAC Pitman & Sons Ltd., New Delhi).
8. “Design for you” by Ethel Jane Beitler (John Wilary & Sons Ltd., New Delhi).
9. “Complete Book of Artist’s Techniques by Dr. Kurt Herbers, (Thomas and Hudson, London).


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