What is Mark-making?

Often art teachers refer to ‘mark-making’ but what does this mean?  It is a term that means just that – to make marks.  You may think that mark-making is just for kindergarden children but no, it is a useful activity for all.  Being completely new to materials mark-making can be a great way to gain confidence with media (art materials).

Enjoy the process of making as many marks you can with pencils, pastels and paints. Once you experiment there are so many variations to mark-making; swirls, dots, dashes, smudging… more that you think!  Sometimes something simple like  holding the pencil or brush in a different way can produce new marks.

So go ahead and fill your sketchpad with as many marks as you can make, enjoy it.  More importantly you will become much less anxious when you next put pencil or paint to paper to create art.

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The variety of mark-making with pencils

Also see Why is Keeping a Sketchpad Important?

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