Well, this topic reminds of another one. Is it necessary to learn to balance before riding a two-wheeler? What do you think? I will leave it up to you. Most of the fine arts schools arrange their courses in a way that it works. Sketching seems to be the one that all students and professionals use freely. However, no two seem to use it in quite the same way.

An artist’s first step in painting is to sketch out a rough drawing on his canvas.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T LEARN SKETCHING?

What if you were asked to play a song without knowing the basic chords or scales? I mostly work on desktop and if I ever need to write a note, my handwriting becomes tight and clumsy. This is solely due to lack of practice. Besides, drawing loosens the muscles and creates an ease of expression. You might experience ugly and contrived strokes without prior practice. Thus, sketching can be a warm-up exercise prior to painting  

WHY EXPERTISE IN SKETCHING?

You can stick readymade objects on a color paper and call it art. There is no drawing or painting involved. Unless, if that is what you want to do. On the contrary, if you want to do art, the old master, the academic way there is no way out skipping the basics. These include drawing, sketching, perspective, shading, light and shadows, color pencils and so on.

A good sketching class in a fine arts school should include learning about perspective. Unintentional perspective errors in paintings can ruin the viewer’s thrill. On the contrary, perspective shifts can bring about dynamism in a painting. You can move on to water-based medium only after mastering the basics. You can then lead with oil painting and acrylic painting.

SO WHAT IF YOU WANT TO SKIP THE BASICS?

Sketching teaches you to deal with shape, proportion, line quality and value before jumping into the complexities of color. If you’re drawing in pencil, the errors can be less costly in time and money to modify. Besides, monochrome sketching helps to focus on the artwork as a whole.

Also, it can teach powerful lessons about how color and light create shapes in a composition. Painting from a photograph does not help you in any way. It leads you to the trap of copying and slavishly putting every detail in a picture.

THE TREND OF CONTEMPORARY ART

The trend of contemporary art seems to bypass craftsmanship as a means. In fact, Picasso to this day starts with realistic drawings which he later overpaints and ‘destroys’ in his own word. These days, many painters and illustrators rely on photographs as a substitute for drawing. This shows their lack of understanding of what the ability to draw means.

Besides, they are not in conflict because there is no similarity of purpose. Thus, the study of sketching can be a release to the imagination, unlike photography. In fact, photography sometimes is, simply a realistic documentary aid.

IMPROVE YOUR TECHNICALITIES WITH A GOOD FINE ARTS SCHOOL 

I have sorted the tedious ‘best fine arts school hunt’ job for you. There are many fine arts school across India but it’s pressurizing to decide the best out of the lot. Well, it is always a good choice to weigh your decision.

Kala Bhavana ( Institute of Fine Arts), Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan offers all major streams of art.

Sampratishta School Of Fine Arts & Design, Bangalore offers Diploma courses in Fine ArtsThey offer excellent foundation courses on fine arts.

Also, Pencil and Chai, by Coloring India Foundation, Bangalore conducts sketching classes on Sundays. Register yourself to join the next batch in November 2018.

Faculty of Visual Arts (BHU), Banaras offers Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) degrees in painting, applied arts, plastic arts, textile designing, pottery and ceramics.

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