The visual elements

All kinds of lines

Draw one type of line (zig zag, curved) diagonally across a piece of paper.  Make the same line again next to it, in the same direction but in a different media.

Continue using different drawing media each time.

Talk about the way in which the line changes.

Stick or print a shape in the centre of a piece of paper.  Work round this shape following its outline but using a different line each time.  Use a range of drawing media.

Draw thick and thin lines across the paper – at first close together then gradually getting further apart.

Draw lines

  1. Falling from the top to the bottom of the paper
  2. Rising from a pile and floating off
  3. Wriggling together through a small gap
  4. Marching in a pattern like an army

Link this work to P.E./music/drama.

  1. In P.E./drama move as e.g. an angry sea, then as a quiet warm sea.  Draw line patterns that suggest these movements.
  2. Look for and collect line patterns – around the classroom, on objects, textiles etc. – describe the lines, group the lines collected e.g. curved, zig-zag, wavy, straight, diagonal, vertical, parallel.
  3. Make a class list of line works
  4. Draw lines in response to sounds e.g. traffic
  5. Draw lines in response to music – rhythms
  6. Look for different types of lines in the work of other artists using a view finder – collect and describe these lines – using these lines in a drawing of your own “in the style of”.

A viewfinder helps children to isolate sections of what may be detailed and complex images.  It is better if the window has a large area of frame around it so that the rest of the picture (or object) is hidden.  This prevents children being distracted and helps them to ‘focus in’.  The ‘window’ may be different shapes and sizes depending on the purpose of the work.  If the viewfinder is circular the children will find it easier to work on a circular piece of paper.