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Elements of Art: Line 2/3

Posted on: August 17, 2009

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week 2    Grade 2/3

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of art: Line

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: Straightedges, black markers, various black and grey writing utensils (ballpoint pens, crayons, grey & black colored pencils, etc), squares of white or light paper (6”x6” squares will allow you to accomplish this project in one art period).

Students will be able to: define Line (the path of a moving point)

Be able to identify examples of line in artwork (theirs and others)

Use lines to create repetition

Vocabulary: Line (also repetition)

1. Ask kids to raise their hands and describe a line. Draw them on the board as kids give ideas: thin, thick, curved, spiral, straight, angular, etc. Lines can show movement, create boundaries, draw attention to shape and form, etc. Have the students check out pages 4,5 and 6 in the Art in Action text and discuss.

2. Hand out paper; I like to give 4 kids a small stack and introduce the “take one, pass it on” method, which eliminates one kid carefully selecting things for particular classmates. The kid can select one for themselves, then pass the whole stack (or handful of paintbrushes or whatever) on to the next kid until everyone has a piece of paper.

3. Demonstrate how to use a black marker and a straightedge to draw 3 straight lines in across the paper, from edge to edge. The lines can intersect any which way; they can be diagonal, vertical, etc. The point is to divide the space on the paper into manageable sections.

4. Give the kids 2 rules: they must use lines to fill in each section, and no two sections can match. They can use some or all of the writing utensils to make their lines; they can use repetition to fill up spaces (please see examples for a better idea of what makes this project turn out well). Remind them of the contrasts on the board (wide/narrow, tiny/large, curved/straight etc.) and encourage them to make use of that in their art.

5.Tell them to go to town on their art! Once when I said, “Okay, go to town” one kid was confused and said “Where’s town?”, which of course was cute and made sense. Oops.

Reflections and feedback:

Optional: When I have done this project in the past, I have enlarged their line art to 24”x24” squares using the enormous copy machine and bold cardstock at the district office at the price 0f $1 per copy. If you have the budget, this is a great way to get a lot of detail in a big, impressive piece of art most kids wouldn’t have had the space or stamina to complete. The gym teacher let me display them on her huge tall walls.

Also: working with newspaper pages covering the tables might be a good idea so if kids go off the edge of the paper getting crazy with their lines, there won’t be any mess.

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