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Lines and Emotions

all types of lines

Different Types of Lines

Line is one of the elements of Art. Line is fun to work with if you like to draw. I love the quote Paul Klee said about a line. He said, ” A line is a dot that went for a walk.” I can see that dot walking in my mind’s eye leaving a line everywhere it travels. Fun.

Did you know that there are five different types of lines? They are:

  • horizontal
  • vertical
  • diagonal
  • curved and
  • zigzag.

Did you know that lines can make you feel a certain way?  Some lines make you feel off balance. Other lines might make you feel at peace and restful. Another type of line might make you feel agitated. I bet you can guess which lines create which feeling.

Give yourself a little test. Draw a box. Fill it with all horizontal lines. They can be thick or thin, short or long. Look at the box for a while. What do you feel? Write it down below the box.

Next draw a box full of vertical lines. The lines can be varied in length and thickness. How do you feel as you look at this box? Is the feeling different from what you felt as you looked at the horizontal box? 

Repeat this process, creating boxes filled with diagonal lines, curved lines and zigzag lines. Write down the message or feeling you get when you look at those lines. Show your line boxes to your family members and friends. Ask them how they feel when they look at the different lines. Make notes.

What are the results? Do you get the same feelings other people do? I would love to hear your results.

If you want to learn more about line and the other elements of Art, you can either Become a Member of the Elements of Art Group by clicking here, or buy the Elements of Art Lessons on DVD by clicking here.

Oh, don’t forget next Tuesday, February 1st is the deadline for the next Art For Homeschool online art show. Please only enter artwork that is original. That means that you are not copying something someone else did in a book, a worksheet, magazine, etc. I think you get the idea. There is no theme this time. I look forward to seeing your work.

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