Elements of Art: Line

Contributor: Ayesha Ismail. Lesson ID: 13491

Variety is the spice of life! The more line variety you use, the more interesting your art will look. Let’s practice mark-making techniques to create some effortless and beautiful abstract line art!


Visual Arts

Fine Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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A picture is worth a thousand words, even when the picture is just one line!

Watch Learn How to Paint a Skull With One Line Using India Ink from WithOneLine:

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In the previous Related Lesson of our Elements of Art series, you were introduced to the seven elements of art: line, shape, space, color, form, value, and texture.

If you missed this overview, you can find it in the right-hand sidebar.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to make the most of lines in your art and will even create a piece of abstract art using just lines.

So grab your supplies and keep reading!

In math, a line is a point that moves in a straight direction infinitely.

Art, on the other hand, describes lines very differently.

  • Why should artists pay attention to lines in their art and the art of others?

Styles of lines in art can be described as qualities. When a piece of art has lots of different styles or qualities of lines, it has line variety. Line variety makes art feel alive and more interesting to look at.

Watch KQED Art School’s video below to learn about line qualities and how different artists use them.

Elements of Art: Line | KQED Arts:

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Head over to the Got It? section to explore lines in art further.

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