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A Masterpiece of Markmaking

Clarissa Callesen
9:00 - 4:30 & 6:30 - 9:30
Sat/Sat Eve March 19

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$ 265  

You are invited with me to learn how to use the building blocks of mark making to create a completed work of art rich with the texture and movement of mark making.
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 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 solder irons as nontraditional methods for making marks. Mark making is a great tool for exploring basic concepts of composition. Mark making is fundamental to abstract art. However, the marks learned can be incorporated into collage, visual journaling, more traditional drawing or painting, and fiber art.

This a great class for those traveling as the materials are lightweight and most likely things you already own.
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 $20 paid at beginning of class includes:

• Stabilo pencils
• Charcoal
• Copy paper
• Watercolor pens
• Watercolor pencils
• Vintage book pages
• A huge assortment of mark making tools
• Feather quills
• Inspirational images
• Paint brushes
• Rulers
• Needles and thread
• Colored ink and acrylic paint
• Staplers and staples
• Soldering irons
 

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

• A pad of mixed media paper
• An assortment of different papers to use for experimentation. Such as: rice paper, collage paper, specialty paper, colored paper, wrapping paper, anything that inspires you.
• A small bottle of black India ink.
• Matte Gel Medium for collage
• An assortment of mark making tools that you already own: pencils, pens, pastels, paint, watercolor pencils,
etc.
P.S. No stressing allowed, it is about the creative process, not the specific supplies. Please email if you have any questions. info@clarissacallesen.com 


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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.

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