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A6: Pencil Portrait


A6: Assignment guidance: The subject matter for this assignment should be a self-portrait. You should achieve this by taking a photograph specifically for this assignment. This is the 1st of two main outcomes for the portrait project. You will have until the end of term 6 (and the summer break) to complete this item of work in full. ●

You should have practised your subject for this assignment using full pages in your sketchbook, prior to starting on your final outcome. These sketchbook tasks will serve as development and will gain you marks for AO2, AO3

Your final outcome (main peice) will gain you marks for AO4

Also, you need to perform some form of artist research/ links throughout this assignment to gain marks for AO1 ○

You will receive more marks for using: A ‘full’ range of tone, appropriately with clear knowledge and understanding of ‘light’ (cause/ effect) Good structure and proportion. Attention to detail(s). A considered background. Thoughtful composition.

This assignment is to be done on ‘A1’ (size) drawing paper, and your portrait should fill the drawing space/ area.

The portrait should include neck, shoulders and a considered background, either abstract or realistic.

Read the Assessment Objectives carefully to ensure you know how your work will be marked by clicking on the ‘AFL’ button on the assignment page.

Use techniques that you have developed in class to help your work develop, using good basic structure.

Ensure that you practise and hone your pencil technique.

Your work will improve dramatically by using a range (set) of drawing pencils. Aim to use 2B-9B pencils to achieve full tonal ranges within your work.

Take a look at the YouTube channel on the eLearning site for access to many drawing tutorials. Use these to help you refine your own skills, by copying these into your sketchbook.

Produce a range of alternative self portraits, take many photographs (get a friend to help), and consider: Pose, Mood, Expression and light.


Visit our online ‘Art Gallery’ to see more examples.

Go to our YouTube page, and watch the demo’s/ tutorials.

Plan your assignment carefully using your sketchbook to write/ explain, and illustrate your intentions and ideas.

Take time to assess your work as it progresses and make changes where appropriate.

Document your progress by taking regular photographs of your work to show the various stages of development and annotate these in your sketchbook.

Use a sharp pencil for the details in your portrait.

Bring out ‘Light’ by using a rubber to create effect and contrast in your work.

Choose your subject carefully, selecting an original and personal image/ portrait to work from, will make for a much more enjoyable experience, and stronger outcome, possibly resulting in higher marks.

Do you have a smart phone? If so you can use the camera on your phone to access online resources to help you with this assignment. All you need is a QR code reader app, point your phone web browser to one of readers below: ●

For iPhone users. Go to iTunes and search for: QR Code reader

Once you have a reader/ app on your smart phone. Simply take a quick snap of the code(s) below, and you will be redirected to the required resource, directly on your phone.

AFL: Assessment for Learning.

● Learn about the assessment objectives.


Take a look at some examples of work for this assignment.


● Go to the Visual Arts YouTube channel and watch some amazing drawing tutorials.

BritArt Calendar:

● Keep up to date, and stay organised.

Colour Prints:

● Request Colour print outs here.


● A set of useful weblinks

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A6 Pencil Portrait guidance paper  

Help and guidance for AS Level students at the Wellington Academy studying Art and Design