Studio Cascadia

Elements of Art: Line

Line is a moving point. It marks the distance between two points and can be straight or curved. Lines create shape and form. There are a few different types and variations of lines. These types and variations of lines can be used to create anything!

Types of Line:

  • Straight
  • Vertical
  • Horizontal
  • Angled
  • Zigzag
  • Curved
  • Wavy
  • Spiral


Line in Art at Cascadia

Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944)
Untitled, circa 1905
Ink on paper
Collection of Lee and Elizabeth Rose Stanton

This piece by Charles Dana Gibson uses line to create shape, depth, value, and form. Below we can see examples of all different types of lines, and we have highlighted just a few.

Red: Straight & Zig Zag
Blue: Curved
Yellow: Curved/wavy
Purple: dashed

Art Project: Exploring Line through Hand Art

Hand art is a project that is always close to home! This project gives us the opportunity to explore the art element of line. Thin, thick, dotted, sketchy- they are just a few examples that can be tried.