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Level: Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: 3 and up | Age: 8yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
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Students will create paintings of a flower using a single line that never touches or crosses itself.


Artist Bio:

Geoff Slater is a watercolour and acrylic artist who paints images of the land and sea that surround his home in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. His specialty is "Line Painting": images, which are painted using one continuous line. His work is collected around the world.


line, direction, color, shape

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Show examples of the work of Geoff Slater. Focus on his single line paintings (visit here for details and examples:

  2. Talk about how Mr. Slater creates his images using one single line.

  3. Have students draw a simple flower shape on their paper such as the one below (you can get more complicated later on but to start with, begin with a simple image.) If you need it, a template can be downloaded here.

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  4. Prepare your paints. For this lesson, students will need orange (mix red & yellow), green (mix yellow and blue) and yellow.

  5. Begin at the bottom of the flower, using the green paint.

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  6. Continue with the green until you reach the petal area, at which time you switch to the orange paint. Blend the green and orange together on the page so there is a nice transition between the two colors.

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  7. Paint the petals of the flowers, taking care to move your paintbrush around the areas in a back and forth motion.

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  8. When you reach the center of the flower, transition from orange to yellow paint.

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  9. Continue to work with yellow until the centre of the flower has been painted. Then, blend your yellow paint with green as you transition back to the stem of the flower.

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  10. Paint the stem and the leaf with the green paint, until the picture is complete.

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See this painting from start to finish in a slide show. Press the Start button below to see the show.

Line Painting of a Simple Flower by Geoff Slater


Geoff Slater - Line Paintings

Note: If you would like to have a "virtual visit" from the artist, contact Geoff to set up a Skype appointment.

Kids Art

Below are links to sites where you can see examples of kids painting like Geoff Slater.

Renée Collins, art educator
Grade 4 students in Washington State
Grade 2 students in Christiansburg, Virginia
Grade 4 students in Vernon Hills, Illinois

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My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint!
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Painting with Children
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The Science Book of Color
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This book explains the principles of color and gives instructions for a variety of simple experiments.

My First Paint Book
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