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 a horizon line.

_____6.  Choose 1 point or 2 point perspective then add your vanishing point or points. Draw a square or rectangle and follow your perspective rules- use orthogonals.

______7.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.

_____ 8. Draw another 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.

_____ 9. 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)

_____ 10. 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.

_____ 11. Draw some diagonal lines, to add a feeling of action and movement. Add variety to your picture by using different lengths.

_____ 12. Draw some curved lines in an empty area, to add GRACE.

_____ 13. Make 3 new shapes using the lines you have just added. Overlap forms and shade using the crosshatching technique.

_____ 14. Go back to your focal point.   Add a pattern (ex: bricks,    tear drops, letters, geometric shapes curved lines) to part of the building.

_____ 15. Draw 7 circles of progressive sizes. (These may

               be added to further enhance your focal point if

               needed) Show overlapping of shapes!

 _____ 16. In an empty area of the picture plane draw a modified contour of a small personal object blown up; shoe, cell phone, hand, purse, backpack, i-pod, jewelry, finger,eye,etc.

_____ 17. 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 18 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!

_____ 18.Shade your PATTERN FRAME with a pen.  Use crosshatching or stippling.  Show a full tonal range from white to black.

_____ 19.  Color your contour personal object using primary  colored pencils, include white and black.

_____ 20. PRACTICE  mixing paint by creating a color spectrum, taking color notes, & paint techniques.

______21. PRACTICE painting a mini landscape in your D-Book and demonstrate the correct use of all the brushes.

______22. PRACTICE oil pastels in your D-Book. Draw a ribbon curling and twisting on the pages, color with complementary colors and black & white.

_____ 23. Using Oil Pastels - apply color to 7 circles. Use all 3 of the complementary color schemes.

_____ 24. Choose 2 major shapes and paint them using any of the painting techniques we learned. Use a warm color scheme.

_____ 25. On the larger background sections use Chalk Pastels to apply a monochromatic color scheme of your choice.

_____ 26. PRACTICE coffee painting techniques in your by drawing a part of an animal and painting in washes of coffee.

_____ 27. If desired paint an area of your composition in  coffee

_____ 28. Color your focal point using any media YOU like.Choose colors that will stand out from the rest of the composition.

_____ 29. Select 1 or 2 shapes in your composition. Cut them out, then patch the hole with scrap paper (black is best). Build a form for each shape using folded paper or layered cardboard, glue together so that pieces will literally emerge from the surface of the design.

_____ 30. 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!

_____31. Finally… finish adding color and value to any shapes left, use your favorite media. Make sure you light/value is consistent


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 = _________