Cummer Camp Week 1: Line, Shape, and Color

This week, we are exploring some of the basic elements of art: line, shape, and color. We will share some books that highlight line, shape and color in art, check out a Kanopy Kids video, and create our own art pieces that feature these important building blocks for all artwork.

READ: Scribble Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl

Scribble Art book coverAn amazing collection of art activities, some familiar, many new, all sure to guarantee complete satisfaction both to teacher and child. Each experience can be set up in an independent art center and enjoyed and explored without adult models to copy. The end result is bounded only by the imagination!


PLAY: Line, Shape, and Color Collage

Line, Shape, and Color Collage


  • Sheet of white construction paper or cardstock
  • Sheet of black construction paper or cardstock
  • Assorted pieces or scraps of colored construction paper or cardstock
  • Glue stick or glue
  • Markers or crayons


The sheet of white paper will be the base of the collage. Take the sheet of black paper and tear it in half diagonally. Be creative as you tear, make the line wavy, jagged, etc. Glue one of the pieces of torn black paper to your white paper. Now take the pieces of colored paper and tear shapes out of them in different sizes. You can do geometric shapes, such as triangles, squares, and circles, or organic shapes, which are free-form. Choose about 5-8 of your favorites, and glue onto your white and black collage base. You can glue them on the white side, the black side, they can overlap sides or each other, use your imagination! Next, take a marker or crayon, and make repeating lines on the white side of your collage. They can be thick or thin lines; vertical, horizontal, or diagonal lines; or wavy, jagged, or straight lines; or a combination of what you like. Leave a little white space between the lines.  Remember to save a space for your signature, because this masterpiece is done!


Discover Kanopy Kids! Use your library card to access Kanopy Kids for FREE, and explore all the cool videos, movies, and TV shows, like this Artzooka episode, that explains how frames and a background change the way our pictures look: 

KEEP READING: Check out these titles for more on the elements of art


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