Complete WAEC Syllabus for Picture Making 2023, Text Books, and Topics

You must study the WAEC Picture Making syllabus in order to take the test. It includes the goals and benchmarks, notes, and exam structure for the Picture Making section.

Observing the Image Making a topic is essential for exam preparation. You can use it as a guide to help you decide which topics to read about. Additionally, there are notes on ideas that you ought to learn carefully.

preparations without the use of Making pictures is like to going to the farm without your tools. You won’t be effective in the end.

Make sure to use the syllabus when you start your exam preparations.

The West African Examination Council’s Picture Making and suggested texts are included in this section (WAEC).

WAEC Picture Making


The teaching curriculum offers pupils the chance to hone their talents and learn information and skills in all aspects of picture making, including drawing, painting, ornamentation, collage, mosaic building, marquetry, printmaking, etc. Picture making is taught at the Senior High School level in Ghana.


The purpose of the exam syllabus is to evaluate the applicants’ knowledge and expertise in both theoretical and practical facets of picture making.

The primary goals are:

(i) assessing candidates’ knowledge and competence in the use of local resources in Picture Making for personal development and nation-building.

(ii) testing candidates’ understanding and appreciation of Picture Making.

(iii) testing candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the use of the computer as a tool in Picture Making.

(iv) assessing candidates’ awareness of the various career and job opportunities in picture making.


Papers 1, 2, and 3 are the three required papers that must all be taken. Papers 1 and 2 will be combined exams that must be taken all at once.

Paper 1 will include forty multiple-choice objective questions that must all be answered in 50 minutes or less for a total of 40 marks.

The second paper will have six essay-style questions. Candidates must respond to four questions for 60 points in two hours.

Paper 3 consists of two practical projects that candidates must complete in five days while putting in six hours every day. There will be 80 marks on the test.

Two weeks prior to the execution period, the questions will be distributed to the candidates so they can prepare. The two weeks previous to the project’s execution should also be used to complete design sketches and planning notes.

These are worth 20 points each. Therefore, the overall score for the essay is 100.

WAEC Picture Making Syllabus

(1) Picture making as a vocation and its importance

(i) Developing awareness in the world of colour, career opportunities in Picture making e.g. Muralist, illustrators, painters and scapiest, portraitist, glass stainers, mosaicist and decorators.

(ii) Studying the works of contemporary Ghanaian artists, e.g. the drawings, paintings and murals of great artists like Kofi Antobam (drawing and painting), Prof. Asihene, and Dr. S.K. Amenuke (painting).

(2) Analyses of the social and economic importance of picture making in Ghana.

(3) Basic design and composition in picture making

Definition, planning, principles and components of a composition, types of composition, what to compose and qualities of good composition.

(4) Drawing/illustration

  • Exploration of tools and materials for drawing, e.g.charcoal sticks, pencil, etc.
  • Tools and materials: identification, selection, use and maintenance.
  • Drawing/Illustrations: Types, idea development:
  • Purpose; observation, recording, expressions and communicating concepts.

The drawings will be based on natural and man-made objects, human beings and their activities, imaginative compositions, the application of the principles of linear and aerial perspective.

Meaning and scope of illustration:  definition, types and purpose of illustrations.

(5) Painting

(i) Identification of types of tools and media:- crayon, poster, acylic, tempera, etc.

(ii) The definition and explanation of painting;

(iii) Theory of colour; the study and mixture of colour, i.e. the nature of colour on difference surfaces, e.g. tones and colour behavior, colour, psychology, symbolism and their application.

(iv) Painting media and techniques associated with their usage.   Exercises on colour, using different media – watercolour,acrylic, oil colour, pastels, crayon and mixed media.

(v) Different styles of painting:  abstract, realistic, etc.

(6) Print making

Principles of printmaking:  printmaking as an aspect of picture making, e.g. block pyrography, serigraphy, intaglio, etc.

(7) Collages, mosaics, montage, appliqué, marquetry and montages

Definition and explanation, types of collages, mosaics, etc., exploration of tools and materials, planning and processes of execution.

(8) Mural painting, frieze, fresco, panel work

(i) Concepts, scope and general characteristics.

(ii) Style and type of murals, e.g. relief, incised, plain graphic.

(iii) Principle of composition and execution of mural painting.

(iv) Projects on mural paintings using Ghanaian examples.

(9) Body Art

(i) Study of body decoration.

(ii) History and significance of body painting.

(iii) The concept and scope.

(iv) Examples of body decoration in reference to Ghanaian examples. E.g. the dipo custom, exercise in body adornment.

(v) Types:  scarification, tattooing, coiffure, costume, etc.

(10) Colour

Definition, classification/types, concepts and significance.

(11) History of painting

Scope, concepts/characteristics, exponents and significance/contribution to the development of art.

(12) Entrepreneurial skill in practice

(i) Introduction to marketing.

(ii) Basic concepts in costing, pricing and marketing of artifacts.

(iii) Survey, cost, production, pricing and marketing of art products.

(13) Exhibition, studio, gallery and museum

Planning and mounting of exhibition, importance of exhibition, maintenance and significance of studio, galleries and museums.

(14) Digital painting

Concepts, principles and components of the computer.  Computer as a drawing tool using available softwares.


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