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Sketching has a long history!

Sketching is a beautiful art form that has been around for centuries. It’s a form of visual communication that has been used by humans since prehistoric times to document their surroundings, experiences, and emotions. Over time, sketching has evolved into a highly sophisticated and diverse practice, encompassing a wide range of styles and techniques.

The earliest known sketches were made by early humans on the walls of caves. These drawings were made using basic tools such as rocks and charcoal and were used to record daily life, hunting and gathering activities, and religious rituals. These sketches also served as a means of storytelling and communication.

Bradshaw rock paintings in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, taken at a site off Kalumburu Road near the King Edward River.

As time passed, the art of sketching continued to develop. In ancient Egypt, sketching was used as a form of communication and documentation, with artists creating detailed sketches of daily life, religious ceremonies, and important events. These sketches were often used as a reference for sculptures, paintings, and other forms of art.

Joseph Smith Papyri
Funerary papyrus, 1070-712 BCE

During the Renaissance period, sketching took on a new level of importance. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo used sketching as a means of exploring their ideas and developing their artistic vision. They created sketches of human anatomy, landscapes, and buildings, often using their sketches as a basis for their more finished works.

Anatomy sketches by Leonardo da Vinci

Tuscan Landscape by Leonardo da Vinci

In the 19th century, sketching became a popular pastime for people of all ages and backgrounds. With the development of new materials, such as pencils and paper, sketching became more accessible to the masses. Artists such as John Constable and J.M.W. Turner became known for their detailed and expressive sketches of landscapes, while other artists, such as Vincent van Gogh, used sketching as a means of exploring their inner emotions and experiences.

Corner of the Asylum and the Garden with a Heavy, Sawn-Off Tree by Vincent van Gogh
Two Women with a Boy and a Small Child (1796) by Joseph Mallord William Turner
Dead Leaf and Pod (1890) by Vincent van Gogh

Today, sketching continues to be an important form of artistic expression. From pencil sketches to digital drawings, artists of all levels and backgrounds use sketching as a means of exploring their ideas, developing their skills, and expressing their creativity. Sketching is also used in fields such as architecture, fashion design, and product design, where sketches are used to develop concepts and communicate ideas to clients and collaborators.

The art of sketching has a rich and fascinating history, and continues to be an important form of artistic expression and communication. Whether you’re an experienced artist or just starting out, sketching is a wonderful way to explore your creativity and connect with the world around you. So why not pick up a pencil and start sketching today? Booking a Walk-Stop-Sketch tour is a great way to get started and build your confidence. You never know what amazing ideas might come to life on your page!

For further historical information…


Corner of the Asylum and the Garden with a Heavy Sawn-Off Tree, c. 2 November, 1889 (2023, April 6). Van Gogh Museum

Funerary papyrus, 1070-712BCE. (2023, April 6). Arts Mia

Joseph Smith Papyri. (2023, April 6). In Wikipedia.

Study of a Tuscan Landscape, c. 1473  (2023, April 6) Leonardo da Vinci

Two Women with a boy and a Small Child, 1796 (2023, April 6) Tate

WSS, has a newsletter!

Hello, did you know that Walk-Stop-Sketch now has a monthly newsletter dedicated to the art of sketching, drawing and painting?

Make sure you subscribe to receive a copy every month and learn about a range of art aspects, techniques, and tools, plus handy tips and tricks to develop your own style.

Each newsletter will also feature a special discount opportunity for our Walk-Stop-Sketch tours. Subscribe to receive a digital copy of the Walk-Stop-Sketch newsletter to your inbox every month.

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Sketchbooks, Walk and Sketch tours in Nannup.

We’ve been busy planning for the cooler seasons Walk-Stop- Sketch walking tours and I’m sitting here, in the early morning (Australian) autumn light setting up kits for our tours.

The leaves are starting to turn, the air is fresh and crisp, and I have some company who are also enjoying the early morning calm. A very fat, spoilt clucky chicken who is holidaying with us and some of our ‘wild’ kangaroos who have decided to share the chicken’s breakfast!

The town of Nannup is glowing with the initial colourful blush of golds, reds and pinks on the many deciduous trees planted throughout the region. It is the perfect time of year to enjoy a sketching tour with the cooler mornings and a blend of native forest, and glorious gardens to sketch as you wander through our beautiful little town. We have all our tour dates listed on the WSS calendar for you to choose from, if you require a date for later in the year contact us for confirmation.

Talking about the future, if you are planning to come to Nannup to enjoy the Nannup Flower & Garden Festival in August (12th-27th) we will be offering some special festival tours and workshops! At the moment we are in the planning stage but expect to offer Walk-Stop-Sketch tours and workshops focusing on brushing up on observation and drawing skills, using watercolour paints to capture the colours of nature, and how to produce creatively illustrated sketchbook journals for artistic growth or to document your garden! Subscribe to keep up to date with all our Flower & Garden event details and future artistic opportunities.

Below is the official Nannup Flower & Garden page, so you can get all the festival details and plan ahead. We look forward to meeting you and having you join one of our tours, we will be wandering and working from real life, capturing the world around us, what we ‘see’.