# UNIT 01: BASIC ELEMENTS OF PLASTIC EXPRESSION

## 2. LINE

### 2.1. DEFINITION OF LINE

It can be defined as a point in movement. Every line has two dimensions: width and length. Lines are always longer than wide. Because if we draw a line which is wider than longer it can be considered as a plane.

### 2.2.1. SIMPLE LINES:

They are made by one stroke.
Straight lines

Curve lines

### 2.2.2. COMPOUND LINES:

They are composed by two or more simple lines in different directions.
Zig-Zag lines

Wavy lines

Spiral line

### 2.3. THE EXPRESSIVE POWER OF THE LINE

We are going to study the expressive power of the lines and to introduce our lesson we are going to watch a video about a point and two different types of lines: The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics. Norton Juster. The Dot and the Line won the 1965 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Horizontal lines
They transmit a feeling of stability, balance, calm and lack of movement.

Vertical lines
They transmit a feeling of stability too.

Curve lines
They create a sensation of dynamism or movement.

We can create a sensation of depth by drawing vertical and horizontal lines decreasing in size.

By crossing lines in different directions we can create a sensation of light and shadow.