To quote Swiss artist, Paul Klee; “A line is a dot, that goes for a walk” Let’s learn about lines!

This “Art Smart” series was created for people who love learning about art in bite-sized pieces. Using these articles, you can learn together as a family and explore art-related topics with engaging information and useful online resources that are practical and fun! In this first mini-series we are exploring the 7 “Elements of Art,” which are the "building blocks" of art. This is the vocabulary we use to describe works of art. Not every piece of art contains all these elements, but at least two are always present.  In the past three months we have explored, “Color”, “Value” and “Texture”. 

Let’s learn about LINES!

This month we will explore the line.  A line is a path created by a moving point, mark or object. It is a dot that goes for a walk! Lines can be straight, swirly, wavy, jagged, dotted, dashed, broken, zig zag, diagonal, vertical, horizontal, curved, bold, light, parallel or perpendicular. They can be thick, thin, short or long. Lines can express thoughts and feelings in a way that can transcend the limits of language. Lines can supply a LOT of vitality and movement in an art project.  The amount and kind of energy depends on the kind of line used.  In this article, we will look at five of those kinds of lines…

Vertical Lines can give the feeling of strength and rigidity. They suggest stability, height and lack of movement, especially when thicker.

Horizontal Lines are parallel to the horizon (hence the name). Because they look like they are lying down, as if asleep, they seem relaxed, calm and quiet.

Diagonal lines are filled with an uncontrolled, kinetic energy that creates tension and excitement by appearing to be either rising or falling.

Curved lines sweep and turn gracefully. They are less predictable than straight lines. They bend, change direction, and show flowing movement. Depending on how much they curve, they can be calm or energetic depending on the dynamics of the curve.

Zigzag lines.  By combining diagonal lines that connect at points, you can make zigzag lines. They take on intense and high energy characteristics. They can convey nervousness or confusion as they change direction frequently and quickly. A sense of danger can also be implied as they look like the jagged edge of something broken.


Online resources:

1.The educational composers at Scratch Garden make lines fun and memorable with a simple and catchy tune your student won’t soon forget. Just take them to this website:  



2. Cassie Stevens is a fun and FABULOUS elementary school art teacher in Tennessee. Go to the link below to learn how you as a parent can teach your child more about lines by making a 3D art sculpture!  


3.Your are a beautiful and unique creation. With this next resource, you can celebrate and explore your uniqueness through a story called “You Be You,” by Linda Kranz; after which you will design fun and fancy fish pictures using many different types of lines.



Meet me here next month when we will learn about the next element of art, FORM!

Until then, be encouraged,

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.

Art is knowing which ones to keep!”

 Ms. Becky 

Click here to make a line sculpture with Cassie Stevens