Walk the Line

Grades: Primary – 6

The artist Paul Klee once described a line as taking a dot for a walk. Lines come in unlimited sizes with many different expressive qualities. Students will discuss how the line as an element of design is used in a variety of art forms.


Tour Outline

An artist’s first mark on a page may be a dot that quickly “takes a walk” becoming a line that can change in many ways and may eventually transform into a shape. On this tour students will be looking at lines – how artists make lines, how they use them, where and why.

The discussion of lines will begin by looking first at lines on our own bodies (hair, wrinkles, etc.). Then move on to what is in the immediate environment (desk, books, etc.), Next, the outdoor environment (buildings, trees, etc.). Finally, how artists use lines in artworks.

Lines are very important because they have special characteristics which artists use in their artwork. Students will explore various characteristics of lines during the tour and through in-gallery activities. Lines are used and organized by the artist in a specific way for specific reasons. They may be used to make an initial sketch, to create perspective, movement, texture and rhythm. Lines can direct our eye into or out of a work. Also, lines can be used to decorate, create form, and unity. Finally, lines can be combined to express moods and emotions, movement and ideas.


Link to Specific Curriculum Outcomes

Primary [PDF]           Grade 1 [PDF]            Grade 2 [PDF]         Grade 3 [PDF]          

Grade 4 [PDF]          Grade 5 [PDF]            Grade 6 [PDF]


Optional in-gallery activity (free of charge)

Sketching in the Gallery – Outside the Lines

Explore the infinite potential of the line! Used to create shape, form, texture and illusions of space, this activity is perfect for introducing students to this fundamental art element.



Lesson Plan


  • Ljungkvist, Laura. (2003). Follow the Line. Viking Juvenile.
  • Reynolds , Peter. H. (2003). The Dot. Candlewick Press.