A Bitesize guide to using a range of pencils.

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Students could experiment by drawing the same object or simple composition using only a hard pencil and then only a soft pencil. They should then describe differences in what they can achieve with each and identify areas that worked better for each pencil. This knowledge can then be used to produce a third drawing, in which hard and soft pencils are used for their identified strengths. While smudging can be an issue, students could experiment with using smudging creatively. They could experiment with using their fingers or erasers to create blurring or smudging effects to convey ideas such as softness or movement.