The Elements of Art studied in
The next few slides are
examples of these Elements
Line: a stroke between two points
Example of using straight lines by
Example of using curved lines.
Label, list, name, define, relate,
recall and use art making tools
Observe straight lines and curved lines in picture books or
artworks. Can you find the straight lines in these art pieces?
Show me with your hands and arms.
Can you find the curved lines in these pieces of
art. Lets play follow the leader as we walk
around the room like a curved line.
On a piece of paper try Scribbling freely with pencils,
pens, markers or crayons, do a picture with straight lines
and one with curvy lines.
(all responses are correct)
Take a line for a walk.
What can you create if you take a line for a
walk down a bumpy or smooth road, curving
and straightening at times?
If you take a line for a walk, it might look something like
these examples by the artist
The artist: Hans Hartung,
likes to use lines going in many different directions.
Discover, look at, investigate,
experience and form ideas
Make lines that are horizontal (asleep), vertical (standing up)
and diagonal (falling or leaning)
Can you find the 5 vertical lines?
Can you find the 2 horizontal line?
How many diagonal lines can you count?
This Is a way to teach students what to look for when viewing
art and then how to talk about it.
Point out what you want them to see, but teach that we do not
touch the piece of art.
Point out examples of sleeping, standing up and
falling lines from photos, artwork or dance.
Can you find the horizontal sleeping lines in these photos?
See if you can make your fingers show horizontal lines.
Can you find the vertical or standing up lines? Can you
make your fingers show vertical lines.
Can you find the lines that are diagonal or falling?
Make your fingers look like they are falling.
Which lines are vertical or standing and
which are horizontal or sleeping?
Are these dancers legs and arms vertical, horizontal,
Apply, construct, demonstrate,
illustrate, evaluate and practice
Express emotion with happy loopy lines.
Sad droopy lines.
Play with a combination of happy (loopy) and sad
(droopy) lines, using pen, marker, crayons and brushes.
What do your lines say you are thinking about?
Play with lines to communicate visual thinking.
distinguish, examine and
Arrange objects in a line going from small to big.
Make different size objects in clay, put them in a row.
Study, explore, seek, be
creative, imagine and
Exploring the Art of Franz Kline, he uses many free
strokes of line and color.
Franz Kline uses lines that are going in which
directions, horizontal, vertical or diagonal?
While listening to music, spontaneously draw what is
Combine happy and sad lines in reaction to a story.
Maybe you imagine a face,
Read “Harold and the Purple Crayon”
by Crocket Johnson
Show skill mastery for grade
level, give opinions, support
others and show art.
Have fun creating art by using
Expressive line, in works of art.
Kindergarten student art, observe the line work
used. Notice the direction of the coloring marks.
Tell a story about your own artwork.
What kind of story could be told about this art?