Art: Making a mark

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By Robert WattsProgramme Convener for MA Art, Craft and Design at Roehampton University

Create works of art that convey line and tone using a wide range of drawing materials

Line and tone are at the very basics of teaching art and design. The quality of a line can vary enormously, from the faintest and most precise of lines made by the sharpest pencil, to the broadest and bluntest sweeping gesture from a thick stick of charcoal. Similarly, picture a selection of blue objects and you’ll quickly appreciate that within a single colour there is an almost endless range of tones – light, medium, dark and all points in between – to be found.

Drawing materials you can use


  • Pencils (HB to 6B)
  • Charcoal – thick and thin sticks
  • Graphite sticks
  • Chalk pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • Wax crayons
  • Ink pens
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