Written and hand drawn by award-winning author Sarah Richardson, Make Your Mark is part drawing manual and part activity book, designed to build confidence and unlock creativity in all who use it.
Rather than providing too many prescriptive instructions, Make Your Mark functions as a drawing aid, taking its readers on a creative journey. Beginning with the joys of scribbling, they learn how to create tone, line, shape, texture and pattern, eventually arriving at the more sophisticated principles involved in drawing animals and people and mastering perspective.
Unlike so many practical art books, which tend to be dreary and poorly designed, Make Your Mark is as visually stimulating as it is thought provoking and fun to use. Drawing on her extensive experience of teaching art to both adults and children, Sarah Richardson’s use of her own drawings and photographs brings a vitality and freshness to the book’s pages which is as inspiring as her concise and pithy texts. Through its wide range of activities and creative challenges, this book will help young artists discover their own potential, giving them the confidence to go ahead and make their mark.
Sarah Richardson is an artist who has taught art in a number of London schools, as well as teaching on courses for PGCE student teachers at Goldsmiths and the Institute of Education. She is the author of the best-selling Art in a Box, which won the 2006 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award in the USA.
Suitable for ages 7+
This is a great book for giving children confidence and help unlock their creativity. The black and white illustrations make you want to have a go, and the author helpfully points out that what you might feel was a mistake is no such thing but is a starter for a new idea. A lovely book that would inspire any child, whatever age.
I bought 10 books for my school and all pupils and teachers have rated the book an Excellent and invaluable tool to support the teaching and learning of creative expression for children of various ages to support the learning in the classroom and beyond. A perfect book for children to lay down a foundation of drawing and mark making.
My 5 year old and I sat down to read this together and we both got so much out of it. It really supports creativity in that it gives ideas on how to draw rather than rules. And opened up a great dialogue between my son and I as an added bonus!
Have just used this book with an entire class of ten-year-olds. Result: some wonderful drawings and designs, excellent discussions on how and why things look as they do in real life and on paper, imagination stimulated and confidence boosted among children and adults alike. Highly recommended.
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