What is a Line? Line A line is a moving dot. A mark made by using a tool, such as a pen or pencil and pushing or dragging it across a surface. A line has qualities and characteristics. Thick, thin, light, dark, fast, slow, they direct,they point, the divide, they surround and they can be implies. They can even convey emotions Lines can be made with many different tools and methods and can have many qualities. Line Lines can be curved or straight; vertical, horizontal, or diagonal; thick or thin smooth or fuzzy; light or dark; and continuous or broken. Examples of various lines to be discussed: Light to Dark Lines Mark making Gradation Create your line vocabulary Criteria Sheet for line composition Create thumbnail sketches for ideas in sketchbook before starting. Thumbnail sketches should be about 4x4 or about ½ your sketch book page. Must come up with overall design for line composition . Must include at least (6) different lines you have created. Must use shapes to overlap in some way in composition. All shapes must be filled in with line. You can create as many different shapes and patterns as you want Criteria Sheet for line composition Sketch must first be in pencil. Students may use different mediums once sketch is complete to show contrast and weight. You may use a ruler and stencils or free hand your overlapping shapes. You design may include recognizable objects or be abstract design. Lines can curve . . . The Great Wave Off Kanagawa From "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" 1823-29 Color woodcut 10 x 15 in. Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1970 This “artless” scribble Defines an area Creates an illusion of depth (volume) Look again … Brice Marden American, born Bronxville, New York, 1938 Cold Mountain 2, 1989-1991 Oil on linen, 108 1/8 x 144 1/4 in. What lines lurk in this texture? Jackson Pollock, Lavendar Mist No. 1, 1950 Consider the expressive quality of the jagged lines in this work . . . Clyfford Still, 1957, No.1 Georgia O’Keeffe, Red, White and Blue, 1931 Lines create or imply shapes Shapes can be open or closed Lines around a shape are CONTOUR lines Henry Moore Abstract Sculptor and artist Alberto Giacometti Post Impressionist Pablo Picasso Cubist Pablo Picasso Cubist What is a line in Art? LINE ON HANDOUT Line – a series of points; an area whose length is considerably greater than its width; an indication of direction, an apparent movement. A line is a point moved or moving through space. This applies to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay/pottery, and architecture. Characteristics of lines: lines can be actual or implied; a line which denotes or describes an outside edge of an object is a contour line. A contour line divides the plane or delineates an edge of a volume. A directional line points or moves the eye in a particular direction. Horizontal – often read as across, quiet, stable. Vertical: reaching up, spiritual, uplifting, rising. Diagonal: dynamic, moving. Lines can be interpreted as having expressive qualities; particular qualities – thick or thin, weighty or straight, hard-edged or soft – can indicate moods or feelings.