Taking Lines for a Walk

This is gorgeous

This is gorgeous

This is a great lesson I did with grade one and three. I loved the results and the kids had a great time exploring lines.

It’s always good to review what a line is with your students and go over ‘line’ words such as vertical, zig-zag, diagnal, curved, curly, etc. Give your student a large 18 x 12 piece of paper and tell them they need to start at the top of their paper and take a line for a ‘walk’ by making their line wander off and make curls, zig-zags, etc and not just make a straight line. It’s important to remind them that the line must end back at the bottom of the page.

The next part of the lesson involves the students filling in the spaces between the lines. This is where you can adapt this lesson depending on the grade levels. My grade one class painted in each section by making their own hues and this was a great way to review and practice making colors with the primary colors. Once the paper was dry they went over their lines with a thick black marker.

Outlining with a thick black marker

Outlining with a thick black marker

I love how the markers bring out the lines and color

I love how the markers bring out the lines and color

Grade three filled each section by making tints and shades of blue. The result was beautiful and they were all excited and happy with their finished work. Again, outlining each line with a thick black marker made the lines stick out.

I love the lines here!

I love the lines here!

Outlining with a black marker

Outlining with a black marker

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9 thoughts on “Taking Lines for a Walk

  1. Great ideas and wonderful site!
    Will be “borrowing” many of them :).
    Today I am going to adapt this lesson to Fall and describe the lines going for a walk as the path of a falling leaf. I am then going to have the students use warm Fall colors to fill in the spaces between the lines. If time permits, we will also do a Warhol-Inspired leaf print painting.

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  3. They all have hints of faces, especially in the middle shapes. You can’t hide them, no matter how hard you distort them. However, I like the art. I enjoyed looking at all of the pieces and I enjoyed the pictures of the process. Good job. Keep working hard

  4. I am going to do this lesson today with my kindergarten, but we will use crayon for the lines, and primary colored watercolor paint to create wax resist. yay!

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