The element of line is one of the seven elements of art, the building blocks of everything art-y. Can you draw a line? Good, then you’re ready for this free printable book!
Whether you’re a homeschool mama, a classroom teacher, or a creative soul teaching kids about the elements of art is a great place to start any art education. Learning a few basics can make creating and talking about art less intimidating and more fun!
A line is a dot…
A line is simply the path a moving point makes on a surface. It can be any continuous mark made by a pencil, a pen, a brush, or even a stick.
The element of line is a two dimensional one. It’s flat on paper.
Anyone and everyone can successfully draw line.
A line is a great place to start…
I love teaching kids that you can make art because you love it, because it makes you feel good, or because it’s useful to you. Art can be fantastic without looking pretty. Sometimes how art looks is kinda’ not the point.
As kids get older they begin to compare their art with that of those around them. If their marks aren’t up to par (in their mind) with those of their peers kids sometimes stop making art.
Good news! Lines don’t have to look like anything to be a line! Even kids that are a tad intimidated by drawing can jump into this book without a worry!
All you need to complete this little book is something to make marks. I love the classic black Sharpie and have let my kids use them since they were toddlers. We have all survived with minimal damage.
Whatever you choose to use try keeping it free of color! Keeping it black and white keeps the focus on the element of line! You will be amazed at the variety of things kids can come up with given a single marker!
The element of line is a pretty straightforward one. Mostly. Each page has everything on it that you need to complete that page. Start with concrete concepts like directionality and pattern.
Move onto the concepts of lines showing movement and emotion when kids are ready. Kids instinctively get ideas like this. Emotional lines can extra fun when done on a large scale. Try using a roll of paper and setting them free!
Line in Art….
After you’ve talked about the element of line and made some lines of your own you’re ready to move on to talking about line in art.
Check out this post about books to help teach the elements of art! There’s a whole section of books about lines that kids can relate to!
I really love the book “Look! Drawing the Line in Art!’ In one place you’ve got tons of examples of the way line is used in well known artworks along with some easy talking points. When I use this book with kids we don’t read it so much as use it as a starting point for conversation. It’s a great resource for both the visuals and the information included!