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
_____ 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
_____ 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
_____ 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
_____ 22. Choose 2 major shapes and paint them using any
of the painting techniques we learned. Use a warm
_____ 23. On the larger background sections use Chalk
Pastels to apply a monochromatic color scheme of
_____ 24. PRACTICE coffee painting techniques in your
d.book 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 = _________