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Mrs. StewART

Unit: Line

Project: "Cross Contour"

TIME FRAME: 2 weeks

LEVEL: Beginner High School


Student Handouts



Learning Objectives:

Students will...

The student will learn the concept of line, contour lines, and cross contour lines. The student will learn line quality and it’s effects on form and light. The student will learn how to use cross contour lines to create the illusion of form and light.


Students will use their knowledge of line, line quality, and cross contour lines to create a finished line drawing using graphite and pen and ink. The finished image should communicate the illusion of form through the use of line quality and cross contour lines.


  • White drawing paper

  • Pencils

  • Black ink pens

  • Erasers

  • Various objects

Final Work:

Instructor will show examples of finished cross contour line drawings and set high expectations for completed work. Students will draw imagery first of their choosing in graphite lightly on 9" by 12" white drawing paper. Then they will go over the graphite with markers and pens and enhance line quality and create cross contour lines. Students will then erase pencil lines last. (See project examples below.)


Texture - In terms of art, texture refers to the way an object feels to the touch or looks as it may feel if it were touched.

3-D Texture - Physical and tactile texture on an object.

2-D Texture (Visual Texture) - The illusion of how an object would feel if it could be physically touched.

Simulated Texture - Texture that is created in order to simulate "real-life" texture of objects.

Invented Texture - Texture that is created using a 2-D pattern of shapes and lines.

Reflection Questions:

1. How does your work exemplify the theme you chose?
2. Describe where you used cross contour lines and line quality?
3. Explain how your artwork shows movement. 
4. Explain how you used the picture plane (foreground, middleground, and background). 


1. Theme-Culture in the School, Community, 

2. Technique- Cross Contour and Line Quality

3. Principle- Movement

4. Creativity 

5. Craftsmanship 

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