In second grade we’ve been studying the basics, the elements of art. In talking about line, a quote from our friend Paul Klee came up. “A line is a dot that went for a walk.” I asked students to consider this idea. I held up a puffball (the kind I use to fill the party jar) and asked, “Imagine that this one walks through a mud puddle and then walks across a piece of paper…what would that look like?” I love second grade artists because they are so excited to try new things. One day we painted with water on newsprint. I gave the students themes like “the fattest line in the world” or “a line that looks like the top of a cloud”.
At the end of a studio session, we had a line-drawing contest. We ourselves lined up. They each had a few seconds to draw any kind of line he or she wanted. What beautiful results we had.