Longest line pictures
Draw a long, varied line across the accordion fold paper.
What does your line suggest? Envision possibilities.
Add lines and shapes to express your idea!
If there were no lines or shapes would there be written alphabets? Find out more in –
Ox, House, Stick, The History of Our Alphabet
By Don Robb
Alphabets can be artistic, too.
We read Beautiful Oops! by Barney Salzburg – a story that shows tears, spills, and ink blots transformed into something new.
Then, children picked pieces of white drawing paper sprinkled with random black ink spots. They drew lines and shapes with black ink pens to express their personal ideas.
The longest line
Draw the longest line…
try not to cross over.
On the wall outside the art room,
connect your line to a classmates’ line.
What is a line?
Who invented lines?
How do artists use lines?
What different kinds of lines you see?
How do lines and shapes make pictures?
How do pictures tell stories?
Would there be written alphabets if there were no lines or shapes?
The next art class our prints were dry. We envisioned new possibilities to complete them using drawing materials.
How would you add on or transform some of your prints?
We tested colored markers, drawing pencils, black drawing pens and Prismacolor pencils.
Which work well on black ink? Which drawing materials do you prefer? Why?
Grades 1, 2, 3