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Continuous Line Drawing | Virtual Open Studio

Using masking tape or string, transform a space inside or outside your home into a continuous line drawing.

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A safe workspace outside/inside your home 

Drawing utensils 

Blank paper for drawing

Rolls of tape, string, or cables



A continuous line drawing uses a single, unbroken line to make an image. Choose what materials you will use to create your continuous line drawing. The longer the materials, the longer your drawing can become. 


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? 


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


At your starting point, secure one end of your tape, string or cable. 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 tape, string or cable 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?


Step back and look at your continuous line drawing. Notice the size and shape your lines make 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 CAMH.

About Virtual Open Studios

CAMH’s Virtual Open Studios feature instructions for pop-up activities that draw inspiration from the exhibitions on view. Using readily available materials you can find at home, explore imaginative concepts inspired by world-renowned artists who show at the Museum by making your own artworks in response to theirs. Virtual Open Studios are released on our website at 2PM, the first Saturday of every month. All ages, always free.