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A+ Art

Grades 4-8; The art list is in year one of a two-year cycle for 2023-24.

uil a+ art practice materials 

A+ Official List for 2023-24 and 2024-25 (updated 7.31.23)

A+ Art Smart Bulletin (the official source for Part B content of the test)
The Bulletin was updated on 10.17 (the definition of Cubism was updated, and the medium on page 70 for Castigilione's painting is now listed as "oil on paper").

Art Team Scoring 

Updated Part B Answer Sheet (new for 22-23)

Sample Test & Key

A+ Art Sample

Materials are created for two divisions: grades 4, 5,6 and 7/8.


General Contest Information

This contest involves the study of paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and paintings or pictures from selected Texas museums. The Art Smart Bulletin, published every other year, is the source for study of history and art elements relative to the 30 art selections and is the final authority in the spelling of artists' names and titles of art works. As part of their study, students will demonstrate an understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original artworks while making informed judgments about the artwork.

Part A of the contest requires the contestant to identify the names of 15 selected artists and titles of pictures selected randomly by the director from the official list of 30 pictures. Part B consists of 30 questions about art history and art elements characteristic of the 30 art selections.

The Art Contest is in the first year of a two-year cycle. Prints and the Art Smart Bulletin are different than they were for 2020-2021. Both divisions (grades 4-6, grades 7-8) use the same prints and bulletin, but different tests are provided for each division.


  • A perfect score is 120. In Part A, award two points if the artist's name is correct; award one point if the artist’s name is correct but misspelled. Award two points if the title of the art is correct; award one point if the title of the art is correct but misspelled.
  • In part B, award two points for each correct answer. Do not deduct points; simply award no points for incorrect or unanswered items.

Sources for Prints and Other Materials

Tune In
P.O. Box 141727
Austin, TX 78714-1727
Supplies small prints, large prints, an audio CD tour of the selected prints and a DVD video with pictures and tour.