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Mark Making: Marlene Dumas with Melanie Lan

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Saturday, October 21, 11:00am - 12:30pm PST

There is something undeniably haunting about Marlene Dumas's striking portraits. Widely regarded as one of the most influential painters working today, Dumas is known for probing the complexities of identity and representation in her work.

In this class, we will be studying and emulating the gestural, fluid, and often spectral nature of her painting style. We will create a few loose portraits that stretch beyond representation and into the realm of blurring the boundaries between external and internal worlds.

“Painting is about the trace of the human touch.” - Marlene Dumas

Mark making describes the different lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. It can be loose and gestural, or controlled and neat. We each have our own unique way of mark making, and discovering their limitless possibility is part of what makes art so immensely fun!

Join zoom 15 minutes early (10:45am) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 11:05am PST so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • 2 or more pieces of watercolor paper (6” x 9” or similar size, but this is flexible!)
  • All your favorite watercolor paints!
  • Water
  • Mixing palette or enamel tray  (a ceramic dish also works!)
  • Brushes, at least one larger and one smaller, and a wash brush
  • Paper towel
  • Scrap paper for swatching colors and sketching
  • Optional: tape
  • Optional: mirror, or photographs of people's faces


Melanie Lan is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her MFA in painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland and is interested in the intersection of wellness, mental health, and the creative process. In her free time Melanie is a selenophile who loves painting, cooking, hiking, reading, and learning fun animal acts.

View more of Melanie’s work at and Instagram: @melanie.lan


All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the session.

*Each class is currently capped at 40 people, but we will be offering 5 free spots per class to people with financial need. Email if you would like to request a spot. Free spots are first come, first serve.

**If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the session.

***Links to sessions will be sent via email 24 hours and 15 minutes prior to the session; please check out using the email to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the session, please check your spam folder first and email


Thank you so much for taking our workshops. We do ask if you are planning on teaching in the future by using anything you’ve learned from us, to please credit Case for Making + the individual instructor where applicable.

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