Famous Art: LINE

Look at how line is used in this mixed media piece of art.  There is a lot of action and movement based on the size and direction of the marks that create the lines.


Artist Frank Stella is a racing fan.  This metal relief painting, Jarama II, is named after an automobile racetrack outside Madrid, Spain.  Here, Stella used winding, curving strips of metal painted in bright, dynamic colors to forcefully carry the motion and excitement of professional racing.

It really makes sense that the type of line needed for this piece would require active lines since it represents a racetrack.

These are the 10 QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:  Write your answers and place in the "Finished Artwork-Mrs. Dion" box in our classroom.

This assignment is named LINE

Now lets evaluate several pieces of famous art for their use of LINE.

Based on what we have just reviewed, answer the questions that correspond with EACH piece of art:








1a. How would you describe the lines used for this painting? (EXAMPLES: calm, energetic, serious, fun, quiet, dynamic...)

1b. If you had to create this image in Photoshop, what tools might you use to get this effect?

2a. What types of lines do you see? (EXAMPLES: long, short, curvy, vertical, diagonal, invisible, straight, loopy, dotted...)

2b. How would you describe this painting and why?  (Is it formal and organized or is it loose and whimsical?)

3a. What are your favorite lines in this piece of art by Joan Miro?  (Where are they in the painting?)

3b. Which piece do you like better...this one or the one by Charles Sheeler in #2?  Why?

4a. Sometimes the name of a painting tells us what the subject matter is...and sometimes it doesn't.  Based on the lines you see here, give the painting a new name.

5a. There are several different types of line in this painting.  Where do you see the following?






5b. Which group of words best describes them?

(1) Movement, festive, fun

(2) Calm, sleepy, still

6a. What are the LINE differences between both of these paintings?

6b. Which painting has more energy and movement?  Why?




7. What is most impressive about lines in this "architectural" rendering?

8. What types of lines are being used in this piece of art?

9. Which part of the drawing is contour line?

10. Alexander Calder used wire to create these line portraits.  What other material would YOU use to create line sculptures?

MC Escher

Print Gallery

MC Escher


Alexander Calder

Wire sculptures

MC Escher

Drawing Hands

Read ALL of the information on this page.  Then answer the questions that follow.

Write your answers BY HAND on copy paper and place in the "Finished Artwork-Mrs. Dion" box under the flag.