Sketching

15th September 1995 at 01:00
Do not be afraid to: o Show a personal vision - the sketch owes its value to the moving hand of the person o use all available drawing and painting tools and mix media where desirable to make images which are:

thick, thin light, heavy flowing, broken firm, woolly, smudged o experiment with various papers: smooth, grainy, coloured o make rubbings of interesting textures o experiment with shading - use curved lines, cross hatching, dots, tones o experiment with ways of holding the marking tools And: o put in main shapes first for a complicated picture o take special care if the sketch includes lettering o use only one side of the paper, so as not to smudge the work o use rulers and erasers with care A 20-page booklet called Art, Craft and Design: Sketchbooks has been prepared by the Association of Advisers and Inspectors in Art and Design to help non-specialist teachers. Copies are available at Pounds 3 including postage from AAIAD, 1 Warwick Hall Gardens, Bromsgrove, Worcs B60 2AU o lettering is pattern and shape as well Ask: o are they all the same?

o how many? - eg, petals on a flower o moods - is the subject cheerful, glomy, peaceful, energetic?

And also: o know what to leave out o simplify the drawing Work from direct observation or good quality resource material wherever possible.

Learning to draw is learning to see

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