Types of Lines

We’re heading into patterns, but for young students, patterns can be overwhelming. A walkthrough showing and describing some examples can make all the difference.

Some standard examples of patterns are found in kaleidoscopes, geese flying toward Florida to poop on retirement communities, and line dancing like the electric slide (boogie woogie, woogie).

Here are some visual examples:

Unlike engineers, lines can communicate a lot: they can convey texture, mood and movement. Lines do a huge amount of work, unlike my children!

The Assignment

Section off your paper and draw as many types of lines you can with oil pastels. The children weren’t penalized if they drew in pencil first (or, as I call it, a false start).

After this was completed, and there was an appropriate amount of grieving time, they had to paint with watercolors.

Student Gallery

The names of our lines can be just as expressive as the lines themselves. I love this student who invented some of their own lines and silly names. I’m truly comfuzzled by them.

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