Drawing with LineStudents will understand that line can be used to create shape, texture and value.


Vincent van Gogh at 13

"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing." Vincent van Gogh Letter 136 24 September 1880

Warm-up: What does Van Gogh mean when he says, "rise again"? How does he forsake his pencil? What reason do you think he did so? What is his new decision?

Go to __Drawing with Line Response page__ and write your ANSWER there:

Foundations of Art: Drawing with LineSpecial thanks to Frank Curkovic for this lesson plan. http://curkovicartunits.pbworks.com/w/page/11306896/Line%20Drawings
*HOMEWORK: Students should gather images of landscapes and figures (people) for inspiration and resource to create their final composition. Collect from magazines, personal photos, calendars, newpapers,internet, ect. Look for both interior and exterior images.

Project Description: students will create a line drawing in ink using various line techniques to show texture and value contrasts. Compositions must include a figure, foreground, middleground and background.

Key Vocabulary: Line, technique, line quality, texture, visual texture, real texture, tone, shading, value, contrast, figure, subject, focal point, foreground, middle-ground, background, composition, balance, creativity, talent, observation

Evaluation: Students work will be evaluated on their development of ideas and their final presentation. A grading rubric will be provided.

Week 1 - Van Gogh and Durer

Students may wish to read:
Van Gogh Biography

Students view line drawings by Vincent van Gogh:
(Images from Vincent van Gogh Gallery)
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Arles: A View from the Wheat Fields
Arles: A View from the Wheat Fields

Task 1 DISCUSS: What line techniques were used? How was texture created? Do the directions of the lines matter? How are shadow and light shown? (Record your ideas in your workbook or on the RESPONSE page.
Task 2 (Pre-Assessment): Students are to recreate one of Van Gogh's works on paper. When complete, students share and discuss their work.

View Albrecht Durer's work:


Task 3: Compare and contrast the work of Van Gogh and Durer (record in workbook)Students view slideshow:

Students are introduced to different techniques and effects by line using marker.foundtexchart3.jpg



Task 4: Students experiment with marks:1. Lines like ocean waves2. Lines like rain3. Lines thick as clouds4. Lines thin as thread5. Lines round like buttons6. Lines jagged as rocks7. Lines like dots of snow8. Lines like threads dotted with snow9. Lines like the rings in a puddle10. Lines like stars shining at night11. Lines like grass12. Lines that fade out into the background13. Lines like wood grain14. Lines like a fuzzy sweater15. lines to show something is getting darker or lighter

Students view slides of "Landscape Line Drawings"

Task 5: Students complete worksheet, creating contrasting values and textures to the shapes.

Students view work by Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt van Rijn:


Week 2 - Drawing Suggestions and Composition

View other 7th and 8th grade student line drawings


Composition Video