Year 9 Art Exam 2022

Expressive Portraits Project

You will have 1.5 hours to complete your Year 9 Art exam. During your project you have looked at portraiture, through famous Artists and different media. During the exam you will be required to produce a detailed observational portrait of a celebrity.


In lessons, between the 10th and 21st of January


To draw a portrait of a celebrity and include a message or a quote.

You will be drawing a portrait of a celebrity in a medium of your choice (tone, biro, paint, collage etc.). It is strongly suggested you use tonal pencil. This will be A4 size. You must bring in your own picture. You must have sourced the photo/picture yourself, send to your Art teacher to print for you if you can not at home. If you do not bring in an image you will loose a mark. If you would like to pre-draw a grid to help you with this task you may (collect paper from your Art teacher prior to the Exam).

It is also recommended that you type out your quote to the size and in the font of your choice (use word or DaFont for this). You will not be able to access computers/phones to do this in the exam.

Although we will allow you to choose your media, it is strongly recommended that you choose to draw in tonal pencil,  as these works usually gain the highest marks.


You will be assessed on your ability to draw accurately from observation, your tonal shading/colour blending and the accuracy and detail of your drawings.

  • All features will be in proportion (will be in the right place)
  • A wide range of tone will be used/colours will be used accurately and appropriately.
  • A high level of detail will be shown
  • The shape of the face and features will be correct
  • You will bring in an image to work from

You will have 90 mins to complete this task.


For preparation for the exam you will need to practise your tonal shading and observation skills. You could make a range of drawings before the exam to practice the proportions of the face.

  • Practice your shading skills
  • Practice drawing hair and facial features
  • Bring in an emotional picture
  • Listen to advice given in class on drawing portraits
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