Painting And Decorating Waec Syllabus

Below is this years Waec Syllabus for Painting And Decorating. Note that this syllabus is for both internal and external candidates.

Aims and Objectives

  • knowledge of types of Painting compositions
  • skill in Painting and Decorating
  • level of understanding of modern trends in Painting and Decorating
  • knowledge in the ways of applying Painting and Decorative arts to contemporary environments
  • level of aesthetic awareness
  • knowledge of job and wealth creation through Painting and Decorating

Scheme of Examination

There will be three Papers, 1, 2 and 3, all of which must be taken.

Papers 1 & 2 will be a composite paper to be taken in 3 hours.

Paper 1:

This will contain forty (40) multiple choice (Objective) questions to be taken in 1 hour for 40 marks. The questions will be drawn from all the topics in the syllabus.

Paper 2:

This will contain six (6) essay-type questions from which candidates will be required to answer four (4) in 2 hours for 60 marks.

Paper 3:

This practical paper is called Decorative Painting and consists of 2 (two) alternative tasks from which candidates will attempt one only. The paper will last for 3 (three) hours and carry 100 marks.

The question paper/requirements for this paper shall be made available to candidates at least two weeks before the date of the examination. This is to give candidates ample time for preparation. However, the execution of the work shall be carried out under WAEC supervision in the examination hall.

Detailed Painting And Decorating Syllabus


  1. Meaning of pictorial and decorative painting
  2. Differences between pictorial and decorative paintings
  3. Tools and equipment in decorative and pictorial paintings
  4. Elements and Principles of design
  5. Functions of pictorial and decorative painting


  1. Meaning of colour
  2. Classes of colour (primary, secondary and tertiary)
  3. Properties of Colour (hues, tones and intensity)
  4. Colour schemes (analogous, complementary and monochromes)
  5. Improvisation of colours from local sources


  1. Techniques in pictorial Painting
    • Dry painting
    • Wet painting
    • Glazing
    • Impasto
    • Fresco
    • Tempera
  2. Techniques in Decorative Painting
    • Flat painting
    • Rag rolling
    • Scumbling or Combing
    • Spraying
    • Mural
    • Mosaic


  1. Still life Painting
    • Nature Painting
    • Figure / Life Painting
  2. Differences between the observatory and imaginative painting compositions.
  3. Functions of pictorial paintings


  1. Body decoration
    • Meaning of body decoration.
    • Differences between traditional and modern body decorations.
    • Motifs and designs for body decoration.
    • Materials used for body decoration
    • Functions and importance of body decorations.
  2. Wall Decoration
    • Meaning of wall / interior decoration.
    • Differences between traditional and modern wall decorations.
    • Motifs, patterns and designs for wall decoration.
    • Materials used for wall decoration
    • Functions and importance of wall decorations.


  1. Meaning of Perspective
  2. Types of perspective
  3. The importance of perspective in a pictorial painting composition


  1. The socio-economic value of a pictorial and decorative painting
  2. Careers in pictorial and decorative painting.


  1. Costing of pictorial and decorative painting based on
    • Location and size of work
    • Materials/equipment involved
    • Time invested.
    • Quantity and quality
  2. Exhibition of Paintings
    • Planning / Processes
    • Funding
  3. Marketing of Painting
    • Pricing
    • Negotiation
    • Communication (advertising/publicity)
    • Outlets for marketing

Decorative Painting

  1. This paper will seek to evaluate candidates’ ability the creation of aesthetic environments, and it will consist of two questions from which candidates shall attempt one only. The works can be rendered in either poster colors or acrylic colors etc.


  1. Painting and Decorating- An Information Manual. A. Fulker, Bill Stewart and D, Tikkle and J. Windsor.
  2. Painting and Decorating Science A. Fulker, Bill Stewart and D, Tikkle and J. Windsor.
  3. The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Editors of Creative Publishing
  4. Dictionary of Painting and Decorating. J. H. Goodier
  5. Painting and Decorating. J. H. Goodier
  6. The Modern Painter and Decorator. Arthur Seymour Jennings
  7. Handbook of Painting and Decorating Products. Albert Beckly

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