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Continuous Line Drawing | Open Studio

Inspired by the site-specific work of CAMHLAB artists-in-residence Preston Gaines and Mich Stevenson, transform a space inside or outside your home into a continuous line drawing using tape, string, and found materials.


Materials

  • Drawing utensils
  • Drawing paper
  • Tape 
  • Yarn and/or string
  • Pipe cleaners

Instructions

01. GATHER MATERIALS

A continuous line drawing uses a single, unbroken line to make an image. Choose what materials, such as tape and string, you will use to create your continuous line drawing. When using a variety of materials to create your line, you can attach different materials at their edges to extend the length of your “line”. The longer the materials, the longer your drawing can become. 

02. PRACTICE DRAWING

To begin, practice making single line drawings using your drawing utensil on a blank piece of paper. Can you cover your paper with one continuous line? 

03. PICK YOUR WORKSPACE

Locate a safe space inside or outside your home that will accommodate your materials. Look at the colors and textures of your workspace. Lay out your materials, then pick the starting point of your line.

04. DRAW IN SPACE

At your starting point, secure one end of your tape, string, etc. Then, begin to create your continuous line drawing throughout your workspace until you reach the other end of your material. If you’d like a longer drawing, secure the end of your “line” to new material and repeat the process to continue your line drawing. When creating a longer line, how can you use different materials within your line to tell a story or create a feeling?

05. OBSERVE

Step back and look at your continuous line drawing. Notice the shape your line makes as well as the shapes created by the negative space between lines. Take a moment to observe your drawing from different angles and heights. Which view do you like best and why? 

Share your drawing with us! Take a picture of your continuous line drawing and share your images with @camhouston. #ConnectWithCAMH #CAMHLAB


About Open Studios

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