Rainbow Squiggle Line Drawing

By Emma Hessel

When I saw this idea on Relief Teaching Ideas, I just had to try it in the art room! The beauty of this activity is that it’s adaptable to most year levels. I’ve delivered this lesson to students between year 1 and 6 with success. The younger years may not be able to achieve quite the same impact as years 5 or 6, but they sure give it a red hot go!
I start this lesson by telling the children we will be doing a line drawing, and show them my own drawing I had prepared earlier. Their faces light up as they take in the psychedelic colours and patterns produced by a simple squiggle!

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Students only need an A4 piece of paper and a marker to draw their squiggle, followed by twistable crayons or pencils for the colouring.

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I demonstrate the technique on the board, drawing a squiggle with lots of “loop the loops” and intersecting lines. I explain that they need to make sure most of the page is covered by the squiggle, and they can add in extra squiggly lines to break up any large white spaces. This will make it easier to colour in the individual sections. On the other hand they don’t want TOO many squiggles, as they will need areas large enough to fill with several colours.

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I demonstrate the colouring techniques for students on the board. First I show them how to colour from the outside of a section, working inwards, using rainbow colours. I suggest they colour in a strip of about 1cm width, colouring in a perpendicular angle to the line of marker (not parallel). This helps achieve the blended look between the colours.

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Another technique they can use is to colour in rainbow stripes across more narrow sections, where colouring around the edges would otherwise result in a monotonous section of just one or two colours.

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I remind them to choose different colours to start colouring the edges of each section, to give the finished artwork more contrast. This will also give them sections filled with different groups of colours, which looks great when it’s finished.
This lesson has been a real winner, and I love seeing the diverse range of creations the students come up with!

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This guest post was written by Emma Hessel. Emma has been a wonderful supporter of our page. She regularly contributes ideas & inspirational photos on our Facebook group. I was excited when she agreed to write about one of her successful art lessons.
A big thank you to Emma for sharing this project with all of us!

Denise

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