QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF WHEN YOU LOOK AT A WORK OF ART
You can describe the physical characteristics of line and their expressive qualities. Some of the descriptive words that describe paintings are: horizontal, vertical, angular, zigzag, spiral, broken, curving, and diagonal. Can you find these lines in the painting of the week? Circle all the words that describe the lines that you see. Are there other lines that you see that are not included in this list? Next you will want to look for the expressive qualities of the lines you see. Lines are expressive, as well as, descriptive. Here are some words to describe the expressive quality of a variety of lines: Lines that are VERTICAL often create a sense of strength and balance in a composition. THICK lines often make the work of art appear aggressive and strong. THIN lines are sometimes read as delicate and fragile. CURVING lines often create the appearance of harmony, rhythm and gracefullness. ZIGZAG and DIAGONAL lines are read as energetic, explosive, and dramatic. What are the expressive characteristics that you see in this painting?
Line is an important visual element of composition and it will be important for you to explore the lines in the painting to understand the meaning of the work of art.
Complete the exercises below to help you understand LINE and its significance.
Exercises #1- Materials Needed: Pencil Paper Think of 5 descriptive names for lines and draw them. For example: Horizontal line _______________ Next to each adjective draw a line that expresses the emotional character of that line. Feel the emotion as you draw each line. calm strong explosive fragile silly Exercise #2 Materials needed: chalk crayon black tempera paint and paintbrush a paper clip and black tempera paint a stick and black tempera paint ball point pen construction paper newsprint notebook paper Repeat excercise #1 using a varity of different materials and papers. Notice the visual difference and emotive characteristics when different mediums are used.