Warm-up and Introduction: 10 mins
- Begin the session by looking at the landscape drawing (1888) The Harvest by Vincent van Gogh.
- Provide students with photocopies of the artwork. Have a discussion around the types of marks they see in the drawing and how they are used to describe textures in the landscape. What happens when a mark is repeated in an area?
- Ask students to take turns drawing a type of mark on the board and ask the class to find it. What do those marks
describe? Hay, Grass, Water, roof tops?
Development: 40 mins
- Invite children to make a variety of marks using their pen / marker. Ask children make the following:
* Dots – close together, far apart, big dots, little dots...
* Squiggles - moving from the wrist
* Cross hatching
* Curved, repeated marks
* Stippling – creation of a pattern using small dots
- Encourage children to avoid any subject matter or imagery and just enjoy making marks and experimenting.
- Ask them to simply change the way they hold their pen .... what difference does it make?
- There are endless ways to make these types of marks. See how students all have their own interpretation making these marks.
- Next try out using ink. Ask students to use a brush this time to make their marks.
- Invite children to explore how they can make the following:
* Fine, thin lines
* Stronger , darker lines
* Light strokes
* Dots - What happens when you make the dots closer together or further apart?
* Sweeping , curved lines
Use ink over some of the marks made with pen.
- Once children begin to develop more confidence using ink and pen allow more time and more paper to try out their
own ideas to see what happens. The main focus of this session is to give children the freedom to explore and discover
what marks can be made with pen and ink.
Conclusion: 10 mins
-Invite children to talk about their experiences and feelings with the pen and brushes.
Autumn: Map of Me: Lesson 1
Exploring Emotions and Expanding your Portrait
Autumn: Map of Me: Lesson 2