Objective: Children will explore line as an element of art, and then use lines to decorate their own pinch pots.‹ Return to Theme
Note: This lesson is best taught after the lesson, Exploring Line, found on this website. The pottery will take 3–4 days to complete.
Line is one of the major elements of art. The late Dr. Albert Barnes of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, discussed the use of lines in artwork as one of the defining functions in a composition. He felt that the rhythm of lines had the important function of defining the contour of the objects in the artwork. His view was that artwork is bound together by the elements of line, light, color, and space.
The focus works of art for this lesson are from The Barnes Foundation. Pottery is a decorative art form that dates back to prehistoric times. Decorative details on pottery can be in the form of lines and shapes.
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.