BENCHMARKS: dilineating the various aspects of LINE as singular element, shape maker and surface texture; line drawing control
A. Introductory classes: pencils, ball point pens, markers, drawing objects and photo images.
B. Advanced classes: pencils, markers,and all mixed media; found objects, still life setups and photo images, student models.
C. All classes: 12x18 newsprint,computer and white drawing paper; 9x12 newsprint.
NOTE: This is a "unit" study. All diverse line experiences are practiced first for study skills. Required work is accomplished at the end and turned in.
- Have posters and large photo illustrations of line patterns found in nature and architecture-- sand dunes, water waves, leafless trees, city buildings,etc.
- Prior knowledge and invention. Fold 12x18 newsprint in half 4x. In the creased areas, illustrate random ideas of Line: thick, thin, gesture, contour, overlapped, short, long, parallel, open and any combination. Advanced classes need to prepare a 12X18 sheet which shows line marks with found objects as well--nails, toothpicks, brush handles, bobbie pins, whatever.
- With a simple object, use the line structures to form that shape in 6 displays on 9X12 newsprint.
- Fold 12x18 in half 3x. Referring to some of the previous patterns and inventing new ones, plan several ideas for illustrating various characteristics of line. Natural, geometric and abstract compositions are welcome.
- On 9x12 newsprint folded in half, show the best plan. In the 2nd space, add a border and use the border to overlap or hide some of the lines so the compositions extends beyond it on some sides.
- Assignment 1: Draw the final plan on 9X12 drawing paper.
- LINE APPLICATIONS
- Assignment 2: Line As Movement
- Assignment 3: Obstacle Line
- Both are demonstrated and prepared together. Using 12x18 newsprint folded 4 times, practice line as movement in the creased ares of 1 side, and obstacle line on the other. The correct way to JOIN and blend lines must be clearly demonstrated and understood for the one, whereas parallel lines and intricate diversity of angles must be used for the other.
- The "obstacles" for this drawing can be 5 of anything--letters, phone numbers, printed icons, drawings, invented shapes. These 5 shapes should be in mixed media of choice: contruction, printed, velour, corregated, foil papers, and colored markers.
- On 12x18 white drawing paper, complete the Line as Movement drawing within a border in 2-4B pencil.
- On 9x12 newsprint folded in half, select one or 2 of the best obstacle ideas. Indicate on the plan what materials would be used to define the shapes. Encourage the use of "layers" here, so materials are combined and more 3-dimensional.
- Rulers may be used for drawing the obstacle line angles, but hand drawing should be encouraged. All lines need not be straight--they may be curved too, but just don't touch or blend with another line.
- 1.Placement of line structures and overall use of background space.
- 2.Project specifics followed.
- 3.Complexity of work attempted and craftsmanship demonstrated.
- 4.Competence of line formation and pattern ingenuity.
- OTHER POSSIBILITIES
- White pencil or ink Line as Movement on black paper; soft watercolors added over the pencil; machine copy the images, cut them apart,and then reassemble differntly on a colored background.