The making of marks is the fundamental building block of all artwork from the first handprints on cave walls to the strokes of paint that created Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Mark making is the beginning exploration in a work of art all the way through to the last finishing touches.
You are invited to spend the day exploring the rich complexity of mark making. You will explore mark making techniques through fun exercises and unusual tools. In this process, you will start to develop your own vocabulary of marks while building a collection of unique collage material. You will learn how to use the building blocks of mark making to create a completed work of art rich with texture.
You will be exploring a WIDE range of techniques for making marks. Some familiar and some unconventional. Besides the usual materials for marks, you will explore using stitches, collage, staplers, and goose feathers as nontraditional methods for making marks. The marks learned can be incorporated into collage, visual journaling, more traditional drawing or painting, and fiber art.
I am a strong proponent of experimentation and light-heartedness in making art. My job is not to tell you “How to make art” but to share techniques and support you in finding your unique creative voice.
Materials Fee $15 cash paid at beginning of class includes:
• Stabilo pencils
Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
• A pad of mixed media paper
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.