Welcome to the elements of art course. We hope that lots of you will join in, even if you can't get to us in person. We look forward to developing a community of artists here and welcome all ages from toddler to adult.  Get involved, wherever you are and please let us know how you get on and do share your experiences and art work with us (Email or post pictures on our Facebook page You can also find us on,, and our main website

Line 1 is below. Click here for Line 2 Click here for Line 3 Click here for Line 4

Before you begin get yourself a sketchpad/journal (or just some paper, but don't lose it!) and something to draw with. It is a good idea to get into the habit of taking notes, visual or written and as the course goes on you can use these to develop your own visual language and art style. Try to keep all your work together whatever way you find suits you - notebooks, portfolio, cardboard box or folder or an online blog, Pinterest board, video diary etc. It's great to document your progress so you can look back at it later. Feel free to share this too. We will be updating this site weekly and will add as much of your content as we can.

Line 1 - Lines all around us

Line is the most basic element of art and we are surrounded by it all the time. The first thing I want you all to do is stop and look around you. Take a camera and go looking for lines around your house, classroom, office, street or garden. The next step is to start categorising these lines - long short, natural, man-made, wavy, bumpy, straight, curvy, dashed, dotted, meandering, crossed, spiralling, thick, thin, hard, soft, angled, zig-zagged, horizontal, vertical, diagonal. Can you think of any more?

 Here are some we found earlier:

If you can, print out some of you pictures and stick them in your sketchpad and write some of the categories below them. you'll probably find they fit in a few. Spend some time at this stage sketching some of the lines.
In our classes we will be experimenting with the mark making possibilities of lots of drawing media - pencil, pen, marker, oil and chalk pastels, crayons, charcoal etc.
Use whatever you have available and make notes: Can you make a soft line with a marker? Can you draw a really straight line with chalk? What works best for thin/thick lines? It's also fun to try the different media on different coloured and textured papers. Experiment and play around with lines for as long as you like. Keep your notes!

Here are some links that might inspire you:

Finally for this week, go outside and find yourself a nice autumn leaf or two, or a feather, snail shell, pine cone, rock or any other interesting natural object you can find lying around.
Take your time and examine it closely, looking carefully at its lines. How would you describe them? What do you think would be best to draw it with? (Look back at your experimenting earlier).
First do a blind drawing of the object - this means you look really closely at the object, move your eyes around its surfaces and without looking at the paper draw the lines you see. Don't worry about how your drawing might look, the important thing is to observe the object.
Next take the object and draw it again. You can look at the paper this time. It's up to you how detailed this drawing is. You can try to draw every line you see, or just draw the outline and have fun filling the inside with lots of different made up lines. Examples of both styles are below along with a video clip with lots of styles of line. Have fun and enjoy yourself!

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