Line Exploration

Line Exploration
Understanding the elements of art – line, shape, color, form and texture is essential as you begin your journey of creative practice.

While it may seem simple, there are so many interesting and fun creative exercises that you can do to explore the basic elements of art. In art history, there are several artists who made it their life’s work exploring line, color, shape, texture and form in complex ways, and demonstrating the power that each element can have on perception, mood and overall well-being.

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), the Russian painter, educator and art theorist is a perfect example of an artist who recognized the power that shapes, lines, and colors could evoke for the viewer. 

Henri Matisse (1869-1954), the French artist who spent the latter part of his career exploring shape and color through his signature cut-outs, is another example of an artist who created new worlds through the study of the elements of art.

Line Exploration
Recommended creative playtime: 10-20 minutes; 30+ minutes (you can spend as little or much time on this as you have to spare)

Skill Level: All (it’s always all skill levels – you can do this!!)

Materials needed: sketchbook, pencil, sharpie, oil pastels,
watercolors, cup for water, and any additional drawing tools you’d like to
include!

Activity: The premise could not be simpler: draw as many different kinds of lines using the variety of drawing tools in your kit!
Need some help thinking of some lines?
  • Dotted
  • Diagonal
  • Zigzag                                                                      
  • Curved                                                                                                             
  • Parallel
  • Swirly/Loopy
  • Spiral 
  • Straight
  • Dashes
  • Wavy

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