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.
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