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Lines of All Kinds

Lines of All Kinds
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Students will learn about lines as they create a colorful picture using a variety of lines.

By: Amy Brown and KinderArt

Learning Objectives:

  • To introduce students to the names of different kinds of lines.
  • To introduce students to the vocabulary words: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal.
  • To give students the opportunity to paint with many colors within the boundaries of the lines they create.

What You Need:

  • Paper 12″ x 18″
  • Oil Pastels
  • Tempera Paint (cakes or lique
  • Line Variety Handout

Different Kinds of Lines

What You Do:

Talk about the different kinds of lines – straight, angled, curly, etc. (see diagram)

Introduce the words horizontal (when a line runs side to side, like the horizon), vertical (when a line runs up and down) and diagonal (when a line runs on an angle).

Have the students draw different types of lines on their papers using oil pastels. Do this by saying out loud the type of line and the direction to draw the line.

When each line is complete, ask the children to switch to a new color to get ready for the next line.

Once the lines have been drawn, children fill in the spaces between the lines using brightly colored tempera paints.

Lines Variety Art Lesson Plan for Kindergarten. Lines Variety Art Lesson Plan for Kindergarten.

About the Art Teacher

Amy Brown teaches art to students from K-5. She received a Masters of Art in Teaching in 2008 and her favorite activities outside of school are gardening, photography, reading, painting, spending time with her family. Find out more at Mrs. Brown’s Art Class.

Lesson reprinted with permission.
  1. Rachel Malay says:

    thank you so much for sharing your knowledge or expertise about the elements of arts.
    your website is very helpful
    good day ahead.

  2. Latoya says:

    Thank you so much. As a 2nd/3rd grade teacher who only taught the core subjects, and has to teach ART virtually because of the pandemic, this was most helpful.

  3. Wolfe Stew says:

    Teaching little learners lines fits well Call of the Horizon Day on July 9th – especially with understanding horizontal lines. This activity is so colorful and fun. It makes me want to break out the oil pastels and tempera paints so I can jump right in and create. Thank you for sharing your colorful and imaginative JOY!

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