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Art Elements: Line

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Varick Taylor

on 30 August 2016

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Transcript of Art Elements: Line

LINE
STRAIGHT LINES
Horizontal Lines
Straight lines that goes across the page
- expresses calmnes, stability, tranquility
- rest, serenity

a horizontal line
a landscape (think horizon line)
Vertical Lines
Staight lines the goes up and down the page
- expresses poise, alertness, balance, firmness, strength
- uprightness, integrity, dignity, formality


DIAGONAL LINES
- energy, dynamism, impulse, will power, aspiration, passion, emotion
- uncertainty, instability, insecurity and impending collapse


Zig Zag/Jagged LINES
- expresses pain, difficulty, discomfort
- danger, torture, physical and psychological menace

Dotted/BROKEN LINES
- tentativeness, indefiniteness, insecurity
CURVED LINES
CURVED LINES
- expresses grace and beauty
STRAIGHT LINE
- firm, precise, measurable, purposeful, discipline, logical order, rigid, auster, ascetic, impersonal
CURVED LINE
- feeling, impulse, spontaneity, play, grace, charm, sensuality
VS
QUALITY OF A LINE
• Expressive Qualities of Line

The expressive qualities of line are as variable as each artist’s work.
Lines can be short, long, thick, thin, smooth, textured, broken, flowing, dark, light, heavy, soft, hard, playful, ordered, even, chaotic, calligraphic, authoritative, tentative, smudged, uneven, straight, crooked, choppy, ghostly, graceful; the variety is endless.

THE END.
Maria Makiling
Street Art
Keith Haring
A Path made by a Moving Point. It can be
straight, curved, zig zag, implied or dotted
Art made with horizontal lines
Can you see the horizontal
lines in the photograph?

Expressive lines impart emotional qualities to lines. For example, lines with sharp peaks are not easily read by our eyes and impart a feeling of uneasiness. In contrast, lines without sharp edges, which allow our eyes to flow easily, make us feel calm and comfortable.

Sharply angled lines suggest excitement, anger, danger, chaos.
Flat lines suggest calm.
Wide lines suggest bold strength.
Gently curving lines suggest unhurried pleasure.
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