Action Jackson Lines: Free Lesson Plan Download
Grade Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan
Art Elements: Color, Line
Art Skills: Fine motor, painting
Making Connections: Art History
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I love seeing how the fine motor skills develop, and how kids learn to make marks on the paper. The objective of this lesson is that students can MAKE 5 or more line types. I also do want them to know the names of the lines, but it’s more important for me to see how they can use a tool to create these different lines. They can choose to arrange them anywhere on their paper.
One other strategy I use is to relate each line type to something in their everyday life. The dashed like is like the lines in the road. The curved lines are like a curvy road. The dotted lines remind us of how we use the glue in the art room. The zigzag line is like a z on it’s side, getting it’s “zzzzzz’s” and the straight line is like a robot, very rigid. We have fun acting these out drawing them in the air and talking about them.
I also relate the artwork to Jackson Pollack. “Action Jackson” is a fun way for kids to remember Pollack, and the different lines they make relate to his splatter painting. They really do not forget this. I am hoping by connecting the artwork to real life situations, practicing the line types and connecting it to art history, the students will have a deeper understanding of the project instead of “just drawing lines.”