2D UNIT II : Mark Making and Line

Project IIA Grafitti Project

Technical: Explore and experiment with the potential of the mark and line as forms of powerful expression.

Conceptual: Design an image that tells the viewer something about your personality.

Aesthetics: Create dynamic surfaces and spaces for the interaction of marks and lines.

Project Overview Use any type of mark making device to create an image or "tag" that is a reflection of your personality.
References for further study Look at art made by Neo-Expressionist artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat. Also look at early Cy Twombley, Mark Tobey, and Mark Rothko.
Vocabulary line, psychic line, implied line, actual line, curvilinear, rectilinear, grafitti, horizontal line, gesture, diagonal line, contour, vertical line, and shape.
Materials Mark making tools such as pencils, charcoal, chalk, lipstick, ink, markers, pastels, spray cans or anything else that makes a mark. Any surface that is a minimum of 10"x14" is acceptable. Be creative!


1. Before coming to class read the discussion Mark Making for Unit II. Also, read the section on Identity from the 2D Project Matrix. Review the Project References above.


a) Experiment with a full range of mark making tools, including traditional and non-traditional implements. There should be evidence of experimenting with all mark making possibilities with each tool employed.

b) Try different surfaces, papers, "matrices."

c) The image itself should reflect your personality and something about yourself such as where you are from, personal beliefs or convictions, culture and or concerns.

Critique Ideas

Here are some sample questions to use in a critique:

1. Can you describe this work using at least 3 vocabulary words from this unit?

2. What is the initial "feeling" or emotional response you get when first viewing this work?

3. Can you get a sense of the artist pesonality from the work?

4. What element in this image was the most successful and should be carried to the next project?

5. what element in this image is the least successful and needs more attention?

copyright 1999, Paul Andrew Wandless, Herron School of Art, IUPUI

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