Using Marks/Still Life

We have covered contour drawing and shape, as well as adding a contour line to suggest form. Remember shape is flat, form is volume, 2d and 3d respectively.
We draw form by using gesture drawing.
Gesture drawing uses marks. It’s primary intent is to show an object’s form, but it is also used to express emotion. Light, dark, fast, slow thick and thin line would be used. These drawings are usually best when done fast.
We call the lines, “marks” . They do not have to be made by art materials. They can be a smudge or smear. They can be made with an eraser or a finger. They leave a history of a movement that you made, as a line does. A line in fact is a mark.
Shading techniques like hatching, cross hatching or scribbling are marks.
Erasing is best thought of as mark making. I prefer to think of it as subtracting lines or marks I don’t like or want as opposed to making corrections. Erasers can also be used to smear a line. This is making a mark.

Key Concept, Using marks to create a drawing, Still Life

Objective, SW
a) learn about marks
b) expand their drawing vocabulary
c) compare contrast marks vs. line
d) experiment with mark making through making a drawing
e) change thinking from line to mark from mistake to subtraction.
Procedure,
a) Explore drawing process
b) Draw light contour, draw modified contour with contour lines, draw mid toned gesture to expand form and explore light and dark, draw picture
c) Use of marking materials-pencil, graphite pencil and stick, erasers,fingers, blenders, brushes, white and gray chalk-these all make marks
d) Compose finished still life
Materials, stated above
Artists, see gallery, Dine, Diebenkorn etc…
Assessment
1) TIO
2) Complete a finished drawing, still life
3) Use of marks
4) Good composition
5) Good range of light and dark