Kindergarteners explored lines in art by discussing lines, chanting a poem about lines, and observing lines in famous works of art.
First, using call and response and some fun hand motions, we chanted "Larry the Line" by art teacher extraordinaire Cassie Stephens:
Larry the Line
Is a friend of mine
He can make three
Straight lines for me!
Any curve, he can learn
With a twist and a turn.
When he's out of his tangle
he makes a great...angle.
Any line, he can make
After all, he's a snake!
In Mary Taylor's Storm Pattern Rug, they noticed vertical, horizontal, and zigzag lines:
In Bridget Riley's Fall, they noticed wavy lines that made the painting look like it was moving!
And in Leon Bellefleur's Fish City, they noticed that the lines were lighter than the dark colors, which made them stand out.
Kindergarteners then used oil pastels to create as many kinds of lines as they could imagine. They made the paintings colorful with watercolor paints. We practiced keeping our brushes smooth to avoid a "bad hair day." We also practiced our cleanup routine so that they could properly take care of the materials and tools.