# What is a line? The edge of something A moving dot . . .

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What is a line? The edge of something A moving dot . . .
it is what we see everywhere we look

What is a line? line - A mark with length and direction(-s). An element of art which refers to the continuous mark made on some surface by a moving point. Types of line include: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, straight or ruled, curved, bent, angular, thin, thick or wide, interrupted (dotted, dashed, broken, etc.), blurred or fuzzy, controlled, freehand, parallel, hatching, meandering, and spiraling. Often it defines a space, and may create an outline or contour, define a silhouette; create patterns, or movement, and the illusion of mass or volume.

Line Vocabulary Linear Perspective Straight Horizon line Curved
Vanishing point Illusion Depth Space Surface Block form Straight Curved diagonal Broken/dashed Contour Mark Dot Horizontal vertical

Draw examples of these Types of Lines:
Straight Curved Diagonal Broken/dashed Contour Mark Dot Horizontal Vertical Contour lines show the edges of an object. Sometimes referring to a style of using a continuous line for the entire drawing

Create 3 compositions with your hands In your journal, trace your hand 5 times with a contour line. Overlap your hands, trace your arm too! Try different poses (fingers open, fingers closed, right hand, left hand) Do not draw inappropriate hand or “gang” signs This is a study for a piece of art try different compositions

Study for “give me a hand” art
Do not put all of the hands in one spot Spread the hands over the page If five hands do not fill the page – trace your hand 7 times The lines should go off of the edge of the paper

Example of “Give me a hand”
By Kay Dixon

Assignment for Design Gesture Drawing
The act of making a sketch with relatively loose arm movements (gestures) — with the large muscles of the arm, rather than with the small muscles of the hand and wrist of the artist. Or a drawing made this way. Gesture drawing is both widely considered an important exercise in art education, and a common practice artists use in "warming up" at the start of any new work. A gesture drawing is typically the first sort of drawing done to begin a more finished drawing or painting. It is used to block in the layout of the largest shapes in a composition. There are compelling reasons too for artists to make gesture drawings simply for the sake of making them. The act of gesture drawing trains the simultaneous workings of the eyes, the brain, and the hand, especially in the act of drawing from life — from direct observation of a subject. Intensifying this learning experience is the practise of gesture drawing at great speeds — drawings made in as long as five minutes, and as short as a few seconds. Gesture drawing is likely to increase awareness of underlying structures, both in the subject of the work and in the work itself.

Assignment #1 for Design
Gesture Drawing Gesture drawing refers to a quick drawing usually of a person Try to catch the movement or position of their body Look for the underlying structure, shapes and lines of the body Draw fast – move your whole arm – don’t worry about details! Take turns modeling in a dynamic pose for 1 minute

Assignment #2 for Design
Gesture Drawing Watch the drawing people video Draw along with the artist in the video Everyone has their own style of drawing. Your drawings are unique to you, just like your hand writing. Express your style.

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