Literacy - Art
Day 1 to Day 23 - Introduction and getting started
The concept of a line is one of the basic elements of design that compose any piece of art. When first introducing this concept to children, it is ideal to do a quick progression of art lessons, so they get a solid idea of the concept. Please allow the child time to explore and practice this concept. This is to be fun not stressful assignment so please do not rush this process. We gave you some timelines to consider. Begin teaching about straight lines. Use blank paper, no bigger than 5 x 7. They can draw anywhere on the paper, but they can only use long straight lines. The lines are allowed to cross each other, but they need to go completely from one side of the paper to the other, side to side.
Day 24 to Day 40
After each lesson, it is important for your child to have time to admire and observe the work they have done. If you have other small children around allow them to share in this project with your child. Let's Celebrate by allowing your child to post their work in a special place in your house-refrigerators are a good place to showcase your child's masterpiece.
Day 41 to Day 60
Next, continue using straight lines, but they have to all go in the same direction. They can space them far apart or close together, or create a pattern. Use a new piece of paper for each lesson. Move on to wavy lines. The lines are still going in the same direction, but they are curvy. The size of the curves may vary, as well as the spacing.
Day 61 to Day 80
Zigzagging lines come next. Again, follow the guidelines given earlier. These mini art lessons can be done on separate days or a few on the same day.
Day 81 to Day 90
For the final product, tell the children they can use all of the types of lines they have learned: straight, wavy or zigzag. The lines cannot cross and they must all be in the same direction across the paper. They can space them how they like.
When they are finished with their lines, they can use crayons or colored pencil to color between the lines. When they are done coloring, they can go over their original lines with a black marker, to make them stand out. The resulting pieces will be unique and colorful. The students will have gained a basic understanding of the concept of a line through these art lessons.