Lesson Submitted by: Pam Stephens -
Title of Lesson- Straight Lines
Adapted by Kathleen Arola, Foothills and Quail Run, Paradise Valley.
UNIT: Lines - Design - Collage - Warm Colors
Lesson: Construction Paper Straight Lines
Alternate Lesson: Use Primary Colors and "Mondrian" -Songs in the Key of Art"
by G. Percy
Grade Level- Kindergarten - Pre School -
Objectives(s) Student will:
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Art from Kathleen's Arola's
Students - Foothills and Quail Run, Paradise Valley, AZ
identify types of line in the environment
demonstrate an understanding of how straight lines can be used
a little about how artist get ideas
skill and craftsmanship in gluing (learn techniques)
What is a line?
What are the types of lines?
Why do artists use straight
lines? How do straight line make you feel?
Resources & Materials:
Explain that lines can be
straight, curved, or zigzag. Demonstrate
by drawing lines in the air and on the board. Suggestion:: Have
student walk in a straight line down the hallways and look for
Straight lines around them - return to room and use rulers to
visually line up with straight lines around them (or use cardboard
strips for the to hold up to find straight lines).
Display the art reproduction
and ask individual students to identify various lines.
What is the artist trying to show with line?
Create a line picture
lines and paper to students.
Ask students to practice making a straight-line design
with the pre-cut lines.
glue and demonstrate how to use glue.
Ask students to glue their straight-line design to the
paper. Kathleen found the tiiny dot technique worked best for
her (watch out for glue "monsters" and even "baby
Glue Monster" - line approach of putting down glue was too
much glue for her students)
the number of lines to 10 or less (for time sake -and
overlapping of lines.
Note: From Kathleen:
I changed it to warm colored lines (strips of
paper). I told them to make the lines go "up and
down", "side to side" and "across each
other". Like with the starched
, it was important for them to "play"
with the strips of paper on the tables before deciding on a final
I also did the lesson with first grades,
telling them to make their lines "come up off the
paper". I said things like "fold one paper",
"roll one paper", "twist one paper", "see
if you can make a bridge/roller coaster/skate park."
They had a blast. The first grade pictures are awesome.
Shown below - just two outstanding works.
Actively identify types of
line in the environment
Cannot or will not identify
types of line in the environment
Identifies a limited number
of types of line in the environment
Actively identifies a
variety of types of line in the environment
demonstrate an understanding of how line can be used in art
Cannot or will not
demonstrate an understanding of how straight line can be used in art
Demonstrates a limited
understanding of how straight line can be used in art
Accurately demonstrates in a
variety of ways an understanding of how straight line can be used in
Ask students to identify the
type of lines in their own art.
What other lines could be
used to create a line picture?