Friday, November 30, 2007

Lesson element

Hair Lines

Teacher Brenda Gladwell
5th Grade

Brief History:

A line is the first mark made by a child. Lines are used to write and draw. Having control over mark making gives a child the ability to express themselves.
A simple line can represented a feeling, a direction, and a movement. The way in which a line is made can very depending on what the child wants it to say. Lines made by artist are considered their signature, because each person has a unique mark.


9.1.A.5- Production know and use elements and principles of art
9.3.B.5- Know that work in art can be described by using the art elements principles and concepts
2.3 Measurement and estimation


Student will learn control their pens making contour line of hair on a head to create different types of lines.


1. Students will draw a head shape at top or bottom of page
2. Students will draw contour lines of hair
3. Students will create a least 5 types of lines.
4. Students will control pens so lines do not over lap.
5. Students will produce a head with 5 different types of descriptive lines to create hair on top of head with controlled contour lines.

Resources Examples:
Example of Art that has been drawn by famous artist using lines to create movement, direction, rhythm, contour and texture. Art works by Henri Matisse, Keith Haring, Leonardo Di Vinci and Paul Klee are good examples of artists who use lines to describe images.

• black pens two different thickness
• white paper 8 x 12
• chart of descriptive line

Teacher preparation:
Teacher will have materials ready
Teacher will have example of different kind of lines
Teacher will have exemplars of project
Teacher will have reproductions of line art created by famous artist
Teacher will create a rubrics for the critique

Teaching the Lesson:
Everyone knows what a line is. Can you name different kinds of line?
( Draw on board different kind of lines children name )
How would you draw a line to represent an emotion?
( Show examples of line that have feeling )
How would you draw a line to give a direction?
( show examples of lines that show direction )
Lines communicate many different feelings and meanings. An artist lines are like their signature. A signature is a line of letters that make up the letter of your name. Do you think that your signature can be expressive? It takes great control over your pen to have mastery over your mark marking. If you do not use control when using your pen, your lines can look sloppy and messy. Have any of your teachers ever ask you to write neater?
Paul Klee once said that drawing a line is like taking a dog for a walk. Why do you think he said that?
Paul Klee, Matisse, and Leonardo Di Vinci are all artist that used line to create feeling in their art. Illustrators are another kind of artist that uses lines to create their designs for books. Artist like Bill Schults and Keith Haring both used lines to create a characters. The way in which the lines of their characters were drawn creates a feeling about the characters through the marks they have drawn. They were able to draw these images so that when you look at the lines you get a feeling about the character. These artist had great control over the tools they used to create their images.
Today we are going to work on our line control. We are going to use lines to create hair on a persons head. We are going to use contour lines to out line each hair. The hairs can be wiggly, straight, thick, thin, or zig zag. You can create a rhythm by repeating line designs or variation by using different lines next to each other. How each hair grows is up to you. Be sure to use 5 different kinds of descriptive line work. No scribbling. Each hair should have a direction and a feeling.

1. Everyone has a paper and pen
2. Everyone draws a U shape at the top or bottom of the page ( not the center )
3. Start to draw contour lines of hair
4. Encourage children to use at least 5 different kinds of lines
5. Cover entire page with hair

Students will all display artworks on wall. Teacher will conduct critique using rubrics.

Critique/Evaluation/ Assessment:
Each student will be critiqued with a rubrics created by the teacher

Students who finish early can go back into their drawings and add patterns or textures to individual hairs.

Time Budget: 45 minutes

Lines- the path made by a moving point, straight or curved
Texture - the visual feel of the surface area
Variety- difference that provide interest
Rhythm- repetition of accented elements
Contour line- a line that represents the outside edge of the image

Safety concerns: none

Ted Barlag (1997) Arts and Activities March


Juliana said...

Hi Brenda-

I teach 7th grade art/social studies in California. I am also doing my masters in EdTech and I came across your blog while researching ideas for my blog. It's phenomenal! Would you mind if I borrow some your ideas?

Thanks in advance-

bunnie said...

I am happy to help..I know how much work i have been doing to get my master degree. good luck

Mrs. Krug said...

LOVE this! I have been trying to come up with a good line lesson incorporating an artist that would cover K-6. This one is super dynamic! Great lesson! I too would love to steal an idea or two if that is alright!