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Kinds of Lines
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  1. 1. Line
  2. 2. Line The path of a dot through space
  3. 3. A trained artist uses lines to control the movement of the viewer's eyes. Lines can lead the eyes into, around, and out of visual images in a work of art.
  4. 4. There are five main kinds of line: Vertical Horizontal Diagonal Curved Zigzag When used in an art work, lines can communicate different messages or feelings to the viewer.
  5. 5. Vertical lines Straight up and down Do not lean Appear to be at attention Used to show dignity, formality, or strength.
  6. 6. Horizontal Lines Run parallel to the ground They do not slant Seem at rest Quiet, peaceful
  7. 7. Diagonal Lines Between a vertical and horizontal line Signal action and excitement Tense, uncomfortable Firm, unmoving
  8. 8. Curved Lines Change direction little by little Express movement, though in a more graceful, flowing way.
  9. 9. Zigzag Lines Different directions of diagonal lines Can create confusion Suggest action and nervous excitement
  10. 10. Qualities of Lines Lines may appear smooth or rough, continuous or broken, sketchy or controlled. The line quality describes the unique character of any line. Line quality is affected by either the tool or medium used to produce the mark, or by the particular motion of the artist’s hands.
  11. 11. Line Variations Lines can also be varied. Line variation describes the thickness or thinness, lightness or darkness of a line. Thick and dark lines appear to be visually heavier than thick and light lines.
  12. 12. Quick Question Review • What is the meaning of the term line as it is used in art. • Name five kinds of line. • Describe the way each of the give kinds of line causes a viewer of an art work to feel. • What affects line quality?

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