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Mark Making: Matisse with Melanie Lan

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Saturday, April 20, 11:00am - 12:30pm PST

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 the limitless possibility of making marks is part of what makes art so immensely joyful!

The enormous range of Matisse's vast artistic life's work would be impossible to cover in a single class. This workshop will focus on the vibrant colors and playful shapes of Matisse's cut-outs. Once he found that ill health prevented him from painting, Matisse turned to paper cutting. His "cut-out" phase (artworks involving cut paper) was the crowning final chapter of his long and brilliant career.

In this session we will combine painting, sketching, and paper cutting in order to emulate Matisse's expressive shapes and vivid hues. The way we choose to interpret his cut-outs with our own choice of colors will be uniquely our own.

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!


  • All your favorite watercolors
  • Watercolor paper (affordable, inexpensive watercolor paper works great for this class, Melanie will use a mix of 90lb and 140lb paper)
  • Water
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors and/or paper cutting knife (if using knife, cutting mat is also needed!)
  • Mixing palette
  • Optional: isopropyl alcohol
  • Optional: salt
  • Reference photos will be provided


Melanie Lan is an artist and illustrator based in NYC. She earned her MFA in painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, and her work explores the intersection of healing, 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 workshop.

* Zoom links are emailed 24 hours before the workshop starts; please check out using the email address to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the class, please check your spam folder first and email

** 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 workshop. 

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.