When we first selected a pen or pencil and began to make marks on paper, we started with line. Whether self-instructed, through analysis, or escorted by others, we gained knowledge as how line explains form, builds up structure, separates a frame, finds contour, builds up tonal variation and shows the eye from one part of a work to another. Firstly a mechanism for getting outlines onto paper and recognizing the edges, we start to hear it for lines for their own merit: celebrate their existence whether a quiet jerk of charcoal on paper or a line of graphite. This comprises of exercises for Art students who desire to create contour line drawings, cross contour drawings, blind drawings and other kinds of line drawings.
Christina Chang teaches art and design to students in grades 9-12.
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