Mark Making using Handmade Brushes & Tools

July 15 - July 16


Mark Making using Handmade Brushes & Tools

Mark Making using Handmade Brushes & Tools

This is a 2-day workshop.  Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.

In this 3-part workshop, students will investigate the world of mark making with hand made tools. as a way to develop unique and rich ‘visual language’ as part of their art practice.

In Part 1, students will forage for and collect materials from nature. At this stage we are looking for a wide variety of botanical materials that we will experiment with back in the classroom. Students may also bring their own materials found in wild landscapes – forests, beaches, meadows etc.

In Part 2, students will choose from what they have collected and craft a number of mark making tools using a variety of material including jute, string, wire, scraps of fabric or wool, leather etc. Some materials will be supplied and student are encouraged to bring items from home to complete their own mark making tools.

In Part 3, using a variety of paper and inks, students will begin to experiment with mark making using their hand made brushes and tools. Students will observe how different media affect mark making and think about developing a rich ‘visual language’ and what these marks might communicate to viewers.

Students will look at contemporary artists such as Cy Twombly, Jose Parla, Julie Mehretu, and Lorna Crane, among others.

Material fee includes supplies provided by instructor.  See student supply list for further details.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $32
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: Students could begin to collect botanical materials, wood, shells, seaweed, and any other materials from wild landscapes which we will use to make our own handmade brushes and tools

Price: $394

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


MaryLou Wakefield is a contemporary abstract artist working in a number of media, primarily painting and print making. Her work draws inspiration from wild landscapes with influences from architectural forms and contemporary design. MaryLou’s love of abstract expressionism, bold marks and rich colour combine with the intrigue of expressing something intangible.

Click here to read more about MARYLOU WAKEFIELD

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Workshops will not run until sufficient enrollment has been met. Please register BEFORE MAY 31 to avoid cancellations.

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If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.