Line Sampler

Art for kids is often just thought of as crafts or simple art projects.  While those are tons of fun, there is more to art than just that.  Even little ones can learn about famous artists, works, and styles.  They can also learn basic principles of art.  LINE is extremely important to the composition of a piece.  Have your kids try this line sampler (you try it too!) to see some of what simple lines can do.

Make A Line Sampler

Begin by taking a blank sheet of paper and dividing it into 16 squares (just make 4 rows by 4 rows) with a pen or pencil.  In each box you’ll write one word.  Write it really small at the top so you leave yourself plenty of drawing room in the box.  Here are the words: weaving, active, broken, growing, echoing, spiraling, watery, random, climbing, bouncing, dancing, falling, running, wintry, furious, laughing.

Now, inside of each box you’ll draw lines that represent each of these words.  Here are a couple of examples:  (I don’t want to give you too many because you’re supposed to use your imagination!)


Looking For Lines

After you’ve finished your line sampler, try doing the opposite.  Get some pictures of famous art (an inexpensive art book, the internet, or even better– a trip to a local art gallery or museum) and spot the lines within the art.  Remember to look for both geometric (straight) lines and organic (curvy and flowing) lines.  They each play a role and give a very different feeling to the art.  You’ll probably notice that geometric, straight lines feel formal and manmade.  Curving, organic lines feel comfortable and natural.  To bring your study of line full circle, name the lines you see within the paintings.


The lines along this road may be called “leaving lines.”  See how they narrow until they finally meet?  This is what creates the illusion that the road is going off into the distance.  Even simple lines are powerful.

More From Layers of Learning

There are a lot more line lessons in Layers of Learning Unit 1-11 to help you learn about what line means in art.  Check it and all of our other units out in our catalog.  And here are a couple of other lessons your kids will love.

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