Name ____________________________ Period _____ 

Expressive Line Design for Intro to ART

Part 1. Drawing and Arranging the Composition…

Check each off after completion!


_____ 1. Decide if you want your picture to be vertical

               (portrait) or horizontal (landscape).

_____ 2. Create TEXTURE by rubbing a portion (about 1/3)

               of your paper on a textured surface (use bricks,         

   concrete, shoe tread, shutters, a garbage can,                

   crumple it up, etc…)

_____ 3. Draw a LIGHT tic-tac-toe over the entire picture

               plane. This is the Rule of Thirds. At each crossing  

               there is a perfect spot for a focal point.

_____ 4. Draw a geometric shape of your choice on one of the crossings.  Make the shape at least 6”.  Erase the rest of the

  tic-tac-toe. Inside the shape choose a complicated detailed image from the focal point handout.  Use your viewfinder or modified contour drawing skills to draw it in the shape.  This is the FOCAL POINT, the MOST important part of the picture.

_____ 5. Draw 3 expressive lines that lead the eye to the

               focal point. These could just be wavy lines… or they

               can be flames…waves… cracks… arrows… Anything

               that will bring attention to the focal point.

_____ 6. Draw a Horizontal Line somewhere empty.

               Repeat this step if you feel it would help to BALANCE

               the composition… any length is fine. Horizontal lines

               create a calming effect.

_____ 7. Connect the lines with even MORE lines to create

               at least 3 SHAPES! One must be an Organic shape

               (such as clouds, webs, mountains, trees)

_____ 8. Draw one (1) Vertical line that breaks the picture  

               plane. (This will add formality to your design) Repeat

               if you desire or feel it is needed.

_____ 9. Draw some diagonal lines, to add a feeling of

               action and movement. Add variety to your picture by

               using different lengths.

_____ 10. Draw some curved lines in an empty area, to add


_____ 11. Make 3 new shapes using the lines you have just

           added. Overlap forms and shade using the

               crosshatching technique.

_____ 12. Go back to your focal point. Create a FRAME -  

           Fill the frame with a pattern (ex: bricks, tear

               drops, letters, geometric shapes curved lines).

_____ 13. Draw 7 circles of progressive sizes. (These may

               be added to further enhance your focal point if

               needed) Show overlapping of shapes!

 _____ 14. In an empty area of the picture plane draw a

               modified contour of a personal object; shoe, cell

               phone, hand, purse, backpack, i-pod, jewelry, piece of

           clothing, etc.

_____ 15. Check the composition! Give yourself a Self-

               Critique by asking; ___Is the design balanced?

___Does it have a Strong focal point? ___Too full?___Too empty? ___Have variety? ___Look original?___Show harmony? 

Do Not Go On Until All 15 Steps Have Been Completed From the First 2 Pages!

Part 2. Adding color, value, media, and style!

All steps marked PRACTICE are done in your D-Book and are graded!

_____ 16.Shade your PATTERN FRAME with a pen.  Use crosshatching or stippling.  Show a full tonal range from white to black.

_____ 17. PRACTICE  mixing paint by        creating a color spectrum using only the primary colors on your back cover. Choose an image from pop culture, add tints and shades to areas

_____ 18. Color your contour personal object using primary

               colored pencils.

 _____ 19. PRACTICE oil pastels in your D-Book.

                Draw a ribbon curling and twisting on the pages,

                color with complementary colors and black &


_____ 20. Using Oil Pastels - apply color to 7 circles. Use all

               3 of the complementary color schemes.

_____ 21. PRACTICE painting a mini landscape in

               your D-Book and demonstrate the correct use of all

               the brushes.

_____ 22. Choose 2 major shapes and paint them using any

               of the painting techniques we learned. Use a warm

               color scheme.

_____ 23. On the larger background sections use Chalk

               Pastels to apply a monochromatic color scheme of

               your choice.

_____ 24. PRACTICE coffee painting techniques in your by drawing a part of your face and painting washes of coffee

_____ 25. If desired…cut out your coffee practice and

               collage to any area of your expressive line design.

_____ 26. Color your focal point using any media YOU like.

               Choose colors that will stand out from the rest of the


_____ 27. Select 3 shapes in your composition. Trace the

               shapes and build a form for each shape using folded

               paper or layered cardboard which will create a cast

               shadow on the surface of the design. Duplicate the

               surface design of the original shape using colors

               opposite the original color scheme used on each

               shape!(Use your color wheel for a reference)

_____ 28. Achieve color balance by making sure that a color

               is used at least 3 times throughout your picture, ADD

               WHERE NEEDED. The only exception…Do not

               duplicate the color of the focal point!

_____ 29. Finally… finish adding color and value to any

               shapes left, use your favorite media.


Strong focal point                                      15 possible  _______

Variety of line and shape                           15 possible  _______

Color theory, balance of color                  15 possible  _______

Value, full range of light & dark                 15 possible  _______

Originality, personal style                          15 possible  _______

Media Mastery                                        15 possible  _______

Work Ethic                                                  10 possible  _______

Total Possible = 100                        Your Grade = _________