Toolkit

TOOLKIT: GUIDE LINES

THEME: LINE           
SUBJECT: EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTIST: ANNE LINDBERG / CHIHARU SHIOTA
GRADE: recommended PreK-3rd grade

OBJECTIVES
Students will learn about various types of lines.
Students will learn to observe lines in the everyday world around them.
Students will explore how artists use different lines of various media to create art.
 
 
KEY QUESTIONS
1. Can you find lines aound you? Where? What kind of lines?
2. Do you have a favorite kind of line—what is it?  Where would it start and where would it end? 
3. What color line would it be?  What would it do?
 
BOOK REFERENCES
1. When a Line Bends a Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene
2. The Line by Paula Bossio
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
4. Lines by Rob Court
 
 
VISUAL REFERENCES
1. shift lens, (2015) by Anne Lindberg
2. Trace of Memory, (2013) by Chiharu Shiota
 
ACTIVITY
Give students various colors of sidewalk chalk.  Ask them to draw lines and arrows on the sidewalk to the entrance of the Mattress Factory, school, playground or house.  These lines will guide visitors inside. Ask students to follow their classmate's lines and see where they lead. Do the lines help them? What kinds of lines does everyone draw? What colors do they choose?
 
BONUS
Using a projector, focus an image from everyday life (of a building, bunch of balloons, bridge, etc.) onto a large sheet of paper taped to the wall.  Give several students each a different color marker (crayon, pencil or colored masking tape) and ask them to trace the lines they see.  Feel free to overlap lines and use the entire paper. Once the students are finished tracing the lines, turn the projector off to view the paper. What kind of lines do you see?  Do they lines overlap, intersect and repeat?  Does the overlapping/intersecting/repetition change how your eyes see the lines?  Is it easier to look at one line, or at the whole picture?

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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
VISUAL ARTS
(9.1.3.A)
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
 
(9.1.3.B)
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
 
(9.1.3.D)
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
 
(9.1.3.E)
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts

 
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