Activity: Using lines to give the appearance of motion
Materials: Pencil and paper
Vocabulary: Arc, diagonal, dynamic, vertical, horizontal, motion
Willard Boepple’s sculpture is made of many sheets of hard and heavy steel. Steel is a material that is stiff and rough, which is usually used to build big things like airplanes. Instead, the artist used this material to create something small for us to look at. This sculpture looks lively and active, like it may have just stopped moving, and could get up again at any moment. This sculpture reminds us of movement because the artist used many different metal shapes to create a variety of lines. Notice how your eye likes to follow these different lines. There are straight pieces that are vertical, horizontal, and diagonal, and arcs of metal connect them. The artist's use of many different kinds of lines is exciting and interesting for us to look at.
How many different pieces of metal are in this sculpture?
How many are straight and how many are curved?
What kind of moving thing does this sculpture look like?
This sculpture is called Eleanor at 7:15. Judging by the sculpture, what do you think Eleanor is like?
Using paper and pencil have the child draw a variety of lines that look like they could be moving. Ask your child to consider what kind of lines would represent the wind or a river. Note what happens when your child combines diagonal and horizontal or vertical lines. Ask your child to make lines that look like they move quickly and slowly.
Arc —A segment of a circle
Diagonal —A line that runs at a slant, between vertical and horizontal
Dynamic —Characterized by action or motion, the opposite of static
Horizontal —Positioned across (from side to side) the same the horizon, and the opposite of vertical
Vertical —Positioned upright, like a flagpole, and the opposite of horizontal
Anthony Caro, Veduggio Glimpse, 1972–73
Antoine Pevsner, Column of Peace, 1954