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Sketching Is Seeing

Celebrate sketching at the National Gallery of Art! The National Gallery is providing free sketchbooks and pencils so that you can draw as you explore the galleries and grounds. You’ll be surprised by what you see and remember about an object after sketching it. All ages, backgrounds, and skill levels are encouraged to come and participate.

Sketchbooks and pencils are available at Information Desks, West Building.

Sketching Activities

Join our virtual sketching community. Download our sketchbook, watch the six sketching activities online, and try them at home.

Share your creativity! Tag your sketch with #ngasketch. Your work might be featured (with credit) on the National Gallery’s social media channels.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.