Year 10 Visual Art Student, Morgan Lee provides her reflection following a recent workshop session with Visual Artist Sophie Munns as Year 10 focus on the study and artistry of Mark Making.
This term in Visual
Art Year 10 students are studying Mark Making. Mark making is a fairly subjective art form focusing on how we can make certain marks and then develop them by experimenting
with different mark making tools; it is about creating and drawing
intuitively. Experimenting with different mediums and mixed media is how we are able to achieve such a wide range of different pieces. In one of our workshops/lessons we used India and
Toucan ink allowing us to explore and create our own works with this loose medium. By experimenting with different
tools ranging from a wide variety of sticks to handmade paint-brushes we constructed, from natural materials, anything that we found interesting. Using that curiosity
to form unique marks which would later develop into layered pieces.
As a cohort we grabbed
our inspiration for this unit from many places. Watching videos in class of
artists such as Irene Chou and Liang Xiao Ping who create marks freely like a dance
performance. Watching these artists pour their heart and soul into their
passion touched everyone and it fuelled us to make a character that would
represent an aspect of our own personality. Taking an excursion inside our own
building to level 2 where Anita Hochman’s artwork was hanging in Gallery 61, we discovered
her style, what creating means to her and how she creates certain marks.
Listening to Hochman talk so passionately about art in general inspired as all,
she delivered so much valuable advice. My favourite quote from her being “Value
the things you do no matter how long it takes.”
The Sophie Munn’s
workshop was a Friday morning not to miss! Sophie Munn’s is a local artist who takes
her artistic inspiration mostly from seed pods and seeds. She is a very experienced
artist and has travelled to many places that hold a great significance to seeds
like the Millennium Seed Bank in Kew Gardens, London, among many other places.
She has talked to an extensive list of scientists, discussing the future of our
planet, investigating seeds and keeping global awareness of where to find
different seeds and why they look a certain way, she could fill multiple books
full of her knowledge but instead expresses it through her unique mark making
process. Munn’s also brought in a large array of different seed pods for us to
observe and draw. We were very lucky to have this opportunity with such an
experienced, friendly and generous soul like her. Mark making was a fantastic
unit to start our journey at QACI, we learned basic skills, explored different
mediums and learned so many valuable life-lessons from inspiring artists.
...article written by Morgan Lee, Year 10