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LINES. A basic but important ELEMENT OF ART. What is a Line in Art?.

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**LINES**A basic but important ELEMENT OF ART.**What is a Line in Art?**• Line– a series of points; an area whose length is considerably greater than its width; an indication of direction, an apparent movement. A line is a point moved or moving through space. This applies to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay/pottery, and architecture. • Characteristics of lines: lines can be actual or implied; a line which denotes or describes an outside edge of an object is a contour line. A contour line divides the plane or delineates an edge of a volume. • A directional line points or moves the eye in a particular direction. Horizontal – often read as across, quiet, stable. Vertical: reaching up, spiritual, uplifting, rising. Diagonal: dynamic, moving. • Lines can be interpreted as having expressive qualities; particular qualities – thick or thin, weighty or straight, hard-edged or soft – can indicate moods or feelings.**Actual Lines:**• Curvy • Waves • Spiral • Straight • Horizontal • Vertical • Diagonal • Zigzag**Implied lines:**• Implied lines are ones that aren’t actually there, but rather guideor organizethe image.**Diego Rivera, The Flower Carrier, 1935, 48x48 in.**Note lines implied by directional gazes**Morandi, GiorgioStill Life (The Blue Vase)1920Oil on canvas**(implied)**Morandi, GiorgioStill Life (The Blue Vase)1920Oil on canvas**The blue lines point out . . . IMPLIED LINES**A VENETIAN WOMANJohn Singer Sargent1882oil on canvas93 3/4 x**52 1/2 in. Lines can be used to create emphasis.**Lines create or imply shapes.**Shapes can be open or closed. Lines around a shape are CONTOURlines.**This “artless” scribble…**• Defines an area • Creates an illusion of depth (volume) Cy Twombly, Untitled 1970**Consider the expressive quality of the jagged lines in this**work . . .**BOTTOM LINE…**The concept of line plays a role in compositions of music and art, ranging from the simple to the complex.**Contour line:**Strong, simple line that defines and describes the edges and surface ridges of a shape (contour lines define the outside edges of shapes).**Break them down**into Shapes! Simplifying Objects:

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