Mark Making is an exercise in how we see, the significance of values, marks we give and receive, how we record them, and the relevance of art in our lives. Participants choose a surface of interest and, with different values of graphite and focused increments of time, document in one-inch squares what they see. The results lead to conversation about the importance of how we give and receive marks, values from dark to light, visual literacy, and the relationships the small works exhibit together as a community. This project can be shared and accomplished with every age group and every level of ability.
If the project includes an entire community of students, producing hundreds or thousands of one-inch drawings, an image can be created from their work arranged in a mosaic of values.