Monday, September 24, 2012

Exploring Lines in Art

For this lesson we looked at the work of Doyle Trenton Hancock and how he uses lines to create strong visual compositions. As one of the students stated: "The lines are having a party." We played the "line detective" game, and we were successful in finding organic energetic lines, actual and implied lines, thick, dark, and rigid lines as well as delicate lines trying to convey a message. We discussed how, sometimes, artists use lines to direct our eyes to the focal point of the composition. We observed how some of the lines in his work suggest forms that can be recognized and examined how some of of his lines were combined with others to create textures and patterns.

Doyle Trenton Hancock

Creating interesting patterns in our raindrops.

Understanding the organic quality in Doyle Trenton Hancock's work.

Using markers to complete our composition.

Student comment: "I drew a fish bone just like the one in Mr.Hancock's picture."


  1. An excellent unit to explore line - you kids have done a wonderful job! I especially like the vivid colors which really sets off the line work. Did you finish with watercolor in the last one?

  2. Thank you for your nice comment Elizabeth.
    The student used watercolor in the last one.

  3. I've never seen so many pictures in one foot. Very creative compositions.

  4. Son bellos trabajos, en la interpretación y el color los niños son magistrales, va un cordial saludo, Rodisi

  5. Oh, what most colorful prints! Graphics and textures work very interesting.

  6. in the beginning you say: this is not nice.. but then you say! this is art!! well done!!!

  7. Wonderful play and wonderful results. Simple lines can say so much:)

  8. Beautiful serie of feet, for big steps in art! Arianna