How to Become a Courtroom Sketch Artist

By The Arty Teacher - April 4, 2021

What is a Courtroom Sketch Artist?

A courtroom sketch artist is someone who draws pictures of what happens in a courtroom during trials and legal events. They do this because cameras are not allowed in courtrooms. The sketches help people see what’s going on, and they’re often used by the media. Sketch artists need to be good at paying attention to details and drawing quickly to capture important moments.

What Skills does a Courtroom Sketch Artist need?

To become a courtroom sketch artist, you’ll need the ability to draw quickly and accurately, a keen eye for detail, and a knack for capturing important moments during trials through your artwork. It’s like being a live reporter using your drawings!

What Qualification does a Courtroom Sketch Artist Need?

While formal education in art or a related field can provide valuable skills and knowledge, it is not a strict requirement for becoming a courtroom sketch artist. Instead, practical experience and a strong portfolio of work are often more influential in securing assignments and developing a career in this niche field.

What next?

Go to your local courtroom and get sketching!

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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