Lesson 2: Line 1: Exploring line

Children create a line drawing by arranging pieces of string to create different shapes then draw these from observation, using pencils and chalk, inspired by the artist Bridget Riley

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a line drawing

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • To learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Write on the board the types of lines and draw an example of each. Give children only a few lengths of string and encourage them to stand up as they are working as they will find it easier.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can use more lengths of string and coloured pencils, and/or fine liners, to work colour into their small square drawings on white paper. Remind them that they are using line only and not ‘colouring in’.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and designTo make, draw or write plans for something. education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past…
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