Want a cool way to integrate paper scraps, string, glue, and various materials into sculptures showing the basic lines? Look no farther than this line project. This lesson is a great way to review lines and class procedures. Kids also get to work together and play so it’s a super win.
The basic lines: straight, zig zag, curved, castle, dashed, dotted, wavy, loopy (curly), and swirl.The task: Make a three-dimensional project incorporating all the lines we have learned how to make.
Give students the biggest paper you can. I had leftover pieces of tagboard (18 in. x 12 in.), that students were able to use as their base. Use leftover construction paper weaving strips, or make new ones. Then make string and glue available as well. I had students work independently or with one other person for this project, simply because I like it when students get to work together.
I made all of these supplies available to the students and told them they needed to show all the lines in a drawn form (markers) and in a three-dimensional form. We reviewed the concept of sculpture and we discussed ways you could make lines ‘pop” off the paper. The glue and string were made available because I counted glue dots as a “three-dimensional” line for a dotted line. Then I stood back and watched their art projects come to life.
Students were also given a check-off list to help them keep on task. Please see it here lineorama.
As a final step, students created a clever title to show what their pieces were about. At first, I got a lot of Rollercoaster World, Waterworld, but then I asked students to use their lines in a title. Then I got more creative titles like Wavy Swirls, The Whole World of Lines, and Pattern Paradise.
The feedback I’ve been getting from students and their parents have been incredible. Students talked a lot about these projects at home. They loved the challenges. How do you make a straight line go up? Hold it in place with another line.
These were also great talking points for parent conferences. Lots to talk about.