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Mark Making: Van Gogh with Melanie Lan

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Saturday, July 27, 11:00am - 12:30pm PT

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 is part of what makes art so immensely joyful!

Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch post-impressionist painter, was known for his dynamic swirling brushwork, as well as his landscapes both terrestrial and celestial. The marks he made took his viewers on a journey with their energetic movements, twists, and turns. This way of painting also served to outline and contour his subject matters.

In this workshop, we'll explore these bold, directional brushstrokes and vibrant colors. We'll translate his impasto way of oil painting into layers of watercolor that emulate the sense of movement and space in his paintings. Above all, we'll seek to find a sense of aliveness in our own paintings.

"It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning. ”
– Vincent van Gogh

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 PT so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • All your favorite paints!
  • Water
  • Brushes - one larger and one smaller
  • Mixing palette
  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil + eraser
  • Paper towel
  • Optional: white gouache
  • 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 has an interdisciplinary background in painting, cross-cultural studies, and somatic psychology. Her work explores the intersection of healing, meaning-making, and the natural world. In her free time Melanie is a selenophile who loves tide pools, stargazing, big trees, and long walks with good snacks.

      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.