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Elements of art: Line K/1

Posted on: August 23, 2009

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week 2     Grade  K/1

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

Elements of Art: Line

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: crayons (5 per student, no white crayons), 40+ rubber bands, paper, masking tape, newspaper, bookbinding strips (or just paper strips)

Note: tightly bundle crayons in bundles of 2 and 3 using the rubber bands before the lesson starts; also tape the sheets of white paper to a folded section of newspaper to make it less likely to rip and keep crayon marks off the table if they get a little excited.

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)

Vocabulary: Line

1. In a group in front of the board, 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.  Give each kid 5-6 bookbinding strips and point out that they are lines (technically slim rectangles if you want to be picky). Have them lay them out different ways and show how you can overlap them, make a shape with them, put them all in a long row, etc. Collect the bookbinding strips.

3.Have them come back as a group and show them the bundled crayons. Let them know they need to stay bundled; have students predict what type of lines a crayon bundle might make. Remind them about the types of lines you initially discussed and suggest they try them all out. Point out that they can each use a bundle and then trade it to use lots of colors on their line drawing.

4. Let them go back to their seats and create a fancy line drawing! Other topics to mention if a kid seems stumped: light vs heavy pressure, using their non-dominant hand, closing their eyes and drawing very slowly.

5. Remove the papers from the newsprint and display!

Reflections and feedback:

As an extension, or if your kids are pretty arty, have them use watercolors or India ink to turn their line paper into wax resist painting… oooh, pretty.

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1 Response to "Elements of art: Line K/1"

We always do this in preschool but I hadn’t thought of talking about lines (a heavy line, straight line, dancing line, bouncing line, a line hiding in the corner, etc.) Thanks.

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