L3 Painting - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: J. Mears

Level 3 Painting - Reading between The Lines - an exploration of contemporary painting practice

Level 3 Painting students explore a wide range of contemporary painting and drawing practices. Students will explore, develop, extend and regenerate a wide range of ideas and refine their fine painting skills. It is a course for students who have achieved  Level 2 Painting and want to further refine and expand their painting skills and their deeper thinking and compositional skills. Students are expected to work in new ways and undertake experimentation, engage in research and artist analysis to help further develop and regenerate their ideas.  

In their first internal achievement standard (3.2) Students will utilise established contemporary painting practice to inform their work students will demonstrate their understanding of skills, techniques and explorations in paint media, and will demonstrate the application of these techniques, processes within their second achievement standard (3.3) where they will refine and expand their knowledge of painting conventions, explore, develop, extend and regenerate a wide range of ideas which they then re-generate and clarify  to make a series of fine paintings informed by established painting practice.

Level 3 Painting leads on to pathways within the Creative Industries, Design and Visual Arts. Further study in Fine Arts, Design or Architecture will lead to rewarding career outcomes.


L3 Painting - Semester B

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Basic art materials such as communal paint, inks, dyes, specialty papers and communal pencils and brushes will be available. It is highly recommended at Level 3 that students have a take home kit that includes their own quality synthetic brushes. fine art student paint, a selection of drawing and design pencils and a quality visual diary.

A basic take home kit at wholesale prices would cost approximately $60-70. Students will be able to place an order at the start of the year to purchase the materials that they want for their personal practice or are free to supply their own.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites


A Merit pass or higher in Level 2 Painting External Portfolio Boards would be advantageous 

If students wish to take Semester A - the external Visual Arts Painting Portfolio Boards they must have first achieved both the internal Level 3 Painting standards offered in Semester A. Students will need to take both semesters of L3 Painting for it to count as a UE subject.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

This course is approved for University Entrance however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91446 v2 Painting 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to painting
A.S. 91451 v2 Painting 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established painting practice
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 8

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Pathway Tags

Animator/Digital Artist, Artist, Tattoo Artist, Painter, Conservator, Jeweller, Make-up Artist, Curator, Art Teacher, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Architecture


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.