Objective: Children will explore line as an element of art and will identify lines in everyday objects.‹ Return to Theme
Note: This lesson should be taught as an introduction to the lesson, Lined Pottery, found on this website.
Line is an element of art recognized by Dr. Albert Barnes as one of the four major elements of art. According to Dr. Barnes, the other elements of art—light, color, and space—work harmoniously in creating art. He further felt that when artists combine these elements, they can create artwork that richly expresses experiences or emotions.
Lines are everywhere. We see lines in our everyday environment. Lines can be flat, like those drawn on a piece of paper, or three-dimensional, such as on a sculpture or lamppost. Lines can be thick or thin, straight or bent, curved or zigzag, vertical or horizontal, parallel or intersecting. Lines have width, direction, and length. Lines can be combined to be representational of an image.
You could take the children on a neighborhood walk to look carefully for lines in the variety of buildings that they see. Have the children use their index finger as a pencil to draw the outlines of the buildings in the air. Upon returning to the classroom, have the children use lines to draw the buildings that they saw.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.