Mark Making

Unit 1

Goal of Unit

To familiarize with the many types of marks that can be made on the picture plane.

Vocab to Know

  • Lines
  • Gradations
  • Overlapping
  • Figure-Ground

Scope of Project

  1. You will work in groups to setup a still life at your station.
  2. Still life must consist of mostly straight objects.
  3. You will cut out a 4"x4" viewfinder out of bristol board using the paper cutter.
  4. Using an Exacto knife the cut out area should be no larger than .5" x .5".
  5. Place the viewfinder 12 inches from the still life.
  6. Find an interesting composition.
  7. Draw a .5 inch border on a 12”x18” piece of drawing paper and render the view that was chosen.


  • 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B pencils
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Ruler
  • 12"x18" drawing paper