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The importance of sketching

Sketch of a tree by Niall (year 3)

For creative people, sketching is the fundamental building block. It is used to develop a personal visual vocabulary and it is the most uninhibited form of the creative process

Sketching is an art form in itself. Sketches can be beautiful pieces of art which can often construe more emotion than the final work, however often in a much more expressive or experimental form. They can become finished artwork.

However most of the time, sketches are just snippets of thoughts or an impression of an idea. Sketches are visual exercises in problem solving and provides the opportunity to:

- hone observational skills

- exercise and develop mark-making skills

- experiment with new techniques and expressive possibilities

Sketching is important as it allows observational skills to grow and therefore representation of certain objects, people, animals or landscapes can be more realistic – if this is the desired effect of the artist of course.

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