Art Project – Creative Line Drawings

Creative Line Drawings – Give a child 3 lines or squiggles and you’d be amazed at what they can create!

Fostering creativity in little ones or reawakening it in older children, has been an education/parental goal of mine. Open ended activities that have unlimited possibilities is one way to develop this skill.  It gives the child the opportunity to think flexibly, develop new ideas, and to practice elaboration- all important creative thinking skills.

A simple and fun way to expand on these skills is with a line drawing activity. Give your child a template like the example pictured below. Instruct them to create something new that incorporates all 3 lines. The paper can be in any direction.

creative line drawings

Look at the lines above.  Now look at what these lines CAN become…..

creative line drawings
 a cruise ship sailing on the ocean blue
creative line drawings
 a squirrel looking for a nut
creative line drawings

a cute puppy going for a walk

creative line drawings
 a hedgehog having a bad dream
The possibilities are ENDLESS!

The above student samples are from children ages 8 and above.  This can be used with younger children as well, just remember that their drawings may not be as detailed.  It depends on where they are developmentally with their art skills.  It’s the process that is important with this activity- stretching the imagination.

Do this fun activity as a family and compare your drawings. What do you imagine the 3 squiggles to be?

Written by Jen

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  • Reply Gabrielle

    What a simple but fun art activity. Have you tried doing the same thing with holes? I saw the idea over at The Artful Parent. The premise is the same, you just cut holes in the paper instead of drawing lines. Great way to get the creative juices flowing.

    April 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Jen

    That sounds like a fun idea, Gabrielle!


    April 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm
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