Strengthen Your Thinking - Make Marks to Music - Drawing

Follow this making marks exercise to practise drawing a wide range of expressive marks with confidence, using music. Explore marks that express a response to musical sounds. Rather than drawing what you can see, you’ll draw what you feel. Develop your personal ‘vocabulary’ of marks to become more expressive in drawing.

Wellbeing benefits:

Think flexibly
Connect with emotions

Examples of how this activity can help me:

I want to more confident in the way I express myself.
I want to be more relaxed in the way that I do things.  


20-30 minutes or longer.

Who can I do this activity with?

On my own or with others - compare the different interpretations of marks to the same music.

Where can I do this activity?

Indoors, at a table.

How often can I do this activity?

Do this activity regularly with different types of music. Create collage papers for other Start2 activities using mark making techniques.

What do I need?

  • Any drawing tool, but having handy a range of drawing tools, for example: pencils, pens, charcoal will make this exercise more varied and fun (See our ‘Tools & Techniques’ activity for other ideas) 
  • Some plain paper, or a sketch book 
  • Some music - we have some sound effects which you can download and play - though a selection of different types of music that you like will work well
  • Something to play music on - computer, stereo
  • Headphones - Optional

Did you know?

Brain imaging studies show that areas of the brain, such as those responsible for memory and vision are activated by music.

"We did this activity in a group, listening to recordings of laughter. It was a really uplifting experience and everyone came up with very different and inventive marks."

Workshop participant

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