Mark-Making and Mixed Media
The term “mark-making” refers to the variety of approaches an artist can take to apply materials to surfaces. Also embedded in this term is the emotional quality evident in different styles of marks, and how they communicate a narrative. Artists develop their personal mark-making toolbox over great spans of time through dedicated visual research and experimentation. This course introduces a variety of mark-making styles through hands-on assignments and conceptual exercises, with the ultimate goal of providing students with the tools necessary to continue building their own visual language of marks. Using observation (drawing from life and/or photos) as a springboard, students will learn how to manipulate different materials to achieve the desired quality of marks, as well as how to layer and mix media. Materials include inks, watercolor, pastel, pencil, collage, acrylic paint, and any other traditional or unorthodox drawing supplies. Students will be encouraged to be experimental, loose, and free in their drawing style. Risk-taking is a fundamental element of this class. Projects include self-portrait, still life, figure, imagined or real landscape, manipulated photos as material, and a handmade sketchbook. Books, slides, and art historical information will be presented and discussed.
“Wonderful, dedicated instructor who goes out of her way to encourage each students’ strengths and is honest with areas for improvement. A truly gifted instructor.” –Autobiography in Painting student, 2013
Sarah Stolar is an interdisciplinary artist living in the Bay Area. Her focus is drawing and painting, but she also works in multimedia installation, film, video, and performance art. She has been teaching art for over a decade and currently serves on the AP Studio Art College Board. Sarah has an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and is a direct descendant of German master painter Adolph von Menzel. Working from autobiographical narrative, her work blurs figuration, abstraction, illustration, and symbolism. Stolar has exhibited and performed across the United States and internationally, including at ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland; Making Worlds, the 53rd Venice Biennale; and a solo exhibition at The Bohemian Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art (BG MOCA), Montevideo, Uruguay
Kali III, 2012
Mixed media on Stonehenge paper
22 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist