The author provides the ways in which children's knowledge of visual elements of art can be developed through simple but creative activities.



The Concept of Line

Marks, Objects, Lines and Shapes

Lines make up an important part of our visual environment, and though there are many different kinds of line, only two are likely to be of major importance to children in their artwork: linear marks and linear objects. If a point moves and leaves a trace of some kind, this trace is a line. This idea of a line as the mark made by a moving object is very useful when thinking about lines in art and the ways in which they can be made and used, but we need also to remember that many objects in our environment, both natural and man-made, are perceived as lines.

Marks or objects are most likely to be perceived as lines ...

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