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Level: Junior, Middle School, Highschool
Grades: Gr. 3-12 | Age: 5 and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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Construction workers use what is referred to as a "chalk line" to create lines on drywall and plywood to help them make straight cuts. A chalk line is really just a piece of string with blue chalk on it that is stretched tightly across a piece of wood or drywall, pulled up and then snapped down. This creates a straight line. Using the same idea, you can create wonderful works of art using string and, well chalk of course.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Press a thumb tack into the wood board.
  2. Tie a string to the thumb tack. You could also just make a loop in the string and hook it around the thumbtack.
  3. Rub chalk all over your string. (This gets a bit messy).
  4. Place a sheet of paper on the board ... beneath the string.
  5. Pull the string tight with one hand and snap it onto the paper with the other hand.
  6. Move the paper in all different directions and repeat the process using either the same color of chalk or add different colors. You could also add more strings if you wish.
  7. Shapes created by the lines can later be colored in with marker or crayon or oil pastel.
  8. Spray fixative (or hairspray) onto the completed work to prevent smudging.

Recommended Books/Products:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life--artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers--have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving.

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