What is a line? It is a dot that went for a walk.
Today we talked about Enrico Arno, a graphic designer who created beautiful little book – with lines only. We used it as our inspiration. We talked about different lines we could you and the different holidays we celebrate. From Christmas to Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, we had a lot of creativity going.
We learned that lines can be used to create patterns, shapes or words… and that lines can be short, long, zig-zag, curly, vertical, etc.
Then we used all of them in the art. Funny thing was that some kids seemed to color in the shapes. But as I looked closely, I noticed they did not color them in – they carefully and slowly drew lines next to each other – so close, they touched.
Aren’t these festive?
Basic Art Elements with preschoolers. Lesson one:line.
In this lesson we made our own book about line. I put together presentation with works of famous artists, different types of lines and all of that… and after we talked about line for a while, we did a little exercise. We added wavy and curly lines (free-hand) on our sheep and straight lines with a ruler – on our hedgehog.
Then we combined all of the lines we talked about into the ‘crazy hair day’ picture.
We have also looked at Op Art and created a collage out of a stripped scrapbook paper. They all loved cutting and gluing! Some of them really got into it and did not want to give up their scissors for a while 🙂
What else? We have also played around with yarn – trying to make different lines (and shapes) out of it… we even walked on the lines to combine some art with gross movement exercise (and to let them stretch after 40 minutes of drawing and cutting and gluing).
The best part was combining all of the pictures together and making the book. They were very proud as they were carrying it home. I think now we have to do this every time…
In these 7 weeks, we will be discovering Art Elements: line, shape, texture, space, color, value and form.
The first one was Line. We have talked about the right definition and then looked for different kinds of lines: straight, wiggly, curly, thin, thick… then we did a little exercise: how many different kinds of lines can the kids create in under one minute? The record? 20! I was very much impressed.
We have also looked at famous artists and how they used line: Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Bridget Riley. The kids especially loved the light painting by Picasso and took a hundred guesses how he did it.
Then we used the different kinds of lines we talked about to create our crazy hair (or beard) people. Kids really got into it. Some of them spent over 30 minutes to make their hair perfect, others made 5 drawings in that time – but they were all excited!
When they were done, we did another short project: an op art bookmark. Over the holidays I scored these amazing scrapbook papers with lines on them (the 25 sheets were for 50 cents so I have a lot of them now) and I thought they would work great for this lesson, and they did. Just a little sample of what we did:
That was it. We hardly had any time left for cleanup. Next week: shape!
There are more art lesson plans to download in our Teachers pay Teachers store – Line & Op Art, Shapes and Paul Klee and All about Color (from Mondrian and Seurat to Matisse and Monet). All of them are for free and available to all. Let us know what you think!
So, what is a line anyway? We all know it but it can easier to show that to explain. According to a definition, it is a basic element of art. It is a simple, continuous mark on a paper. It helps us create shapes and more complicated pictures. It makes letters, numbers, and a lot of other things.
Lines can also be a lot of fun, especially if you use them in a Dada (child-like and playful)-kind of a way:
Get some yarn and black paint. Dip the string in the paint (but be careful to leave a small piece out to hold onto – you don’t want it to get too messy). Then take it out and slowly drop it on a paper.
Put another paper on top and press down – this will make you two symmetrical pictures (and it will make sure you pressed hard enough and stayed clean). After that, just remove the paper and drop another string, and another… until you are happy with the way the picture looks.
Now you can use markers to color the shapes you created. Choose different colors and different areas to color – isn’t it amazing how much it can change the picture?
If you want to explore more fun projects based on lines, check out our Pinterest page dedicated to them.
In the next week (or two), we are launching a Kickstarter campaign and with that, a Facebook one. If you like us, we’ll send you a printable .pdf with art projects and ideas about the two most basic art elements – shapes and line. Stay tuned and enjoy the little preview.