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Elements of Art: Line 4/5

Posted on: August 17, 2009

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Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week 2    Grade 4/5

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

Elements of Art: Line

Cost per student: $.01

Materials: Markers (not yellow), pencils, 1 sheet of paper per student (construction, butcher, colorful fliers that are only printed on one side, you name it)

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 line to create form

Vocabulary: Line (also Form)

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. Have them lay their non-dominant hand and forearm on the paper and trace around it lightly, in pencil. Orient the thumb almost vertically. You might want to demonstrate this before they try it.

4. Show them that that to create the form of their arms/hands, you will just use lines. Using a marker, draw a straight line from the edge of the paper to the pencil line, then curve it upwards and over to the other pencil line (see examples for help with this). Make sure the kids start/end the curve exactly on the pencil line or it will look a little funky.

5. Keep going, so all the fingers and hand/arm have curved lines and the “background” has horizontal straight lines. Lines give form to your art!

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