What is Sgraffito?

I was using this technique long before I learnt the name of it.  Sgraffito is a drawing technique where a sharp tool is used scratch into a surface to produce drawings with fine lines.

Sometimes sgraffito is used as a painting technique as well and this is how I have used it.  For example you could be painting a portrait and use sgraffito to add some precise detail to the hair.  You could apply for example a light layer of paint on a dark ground/background then scratch into the wet paint.

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4 Famous Artists Worth Knowing About

Many students and learners I teach are new to the world of art and although they may have heard of Van Gogh find the world art a daunting and strange place.  Many like learning about art and artists but don’t know where to start.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know all the famous artists.  I offer a few suggestions on where to start and explain why,  of course these suggestions are just ideas.  You may find other artists’ work more interesting and you should follow your own interests but these artists may give you a starting point.

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