Lesson 2: Line 1: Exploring line (Original scheme)

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


Learning objective

  • To know how to create different types of lines.

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

Before the lesson

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Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support:The lesson presentation can be displayed to support children with the names of the different types of lines as well as what they look like. 

Give children only a few lengths of string and encourage them to stand up as they are working as they will it easier. 

Pupils working at greater depth:

Can use more lengths of string and coloured pencils to work colour into their small square drawings on white paper. Remind them that they are using lines only and not ‘colouring in’.

They may also be encouraged to experiment with how they hold the pencil/chalk and try creating lines using the side as well as the tip, or switching between the two as they draw.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art and Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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