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!
How do pictures tell a story?
1. Draw a background.
Think of it as scenery on a stage.
2. Make characters.
3. Tell your story and act it out with your characters!
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.
- Think of a word that’s interesting to you.
- Draw two horizontal lines across the paper.
- Write your word with the letters touching the top and bottom lines.
- Find shapes around the letters.
- Color shapes with oil pastels.
- Brush a watercolor wash on top.
Ink blot doodles
New doodle ideas with lines . . .
Repeat lines, surround shapes
Connect ink blots
Grades 1, 2, and 3
During art, we looked at many different kinds of lines and patterns in the book Only One You / Nadie Como Tu by Linda Kranz before exploring the technique of RESIST with oil pastels and paint.
Then, we drew lines, shapes and patterns with oil pastels on watercolor paper. Straight lines, curvy, zig-zag, loopy, dotted, dashed…
For the RESIST technique to be successful, our challenge was to discover:
How hard or soft do you have to push when you are drawing with oil pastels?
How thick or thin do the lines have to be?
When brushing paint on top of the drawings, how thick or thin does the paint have to be?
Which color combinations stand out the most?
Grades 1, 2, 3
…with watercolors on 2″ x 2″ squares
What happens when …
using the very tip of the brush to paint?
adding lots of water to a color?
adding a little water to a color?
Experiment, observe and discuss!
Grades 2, 3
… is paint. Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Painting gives me ideas for art with young children – experiments with watercolors, color mixing, and playing with geometric shapes.
N. Hesaltine, unfinished, watercolor
Peanuts and pineapples, noses and grapes.
Everything comes in different shapes.
Envision a place. Cut out shapes. Express your idea.
Arrange and glue on painted background.
What is happening in your picture?
Grades 1, 2, and 3