Homeschool Art Lesson 3 : Continuous line drawing

Rebecca Jacques, P R I N T M A K E R L Y

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5 Videos (19m)
    • What is continuous line drawing?

    • Banana + Alphabet Soup

    • Repetitive Drawing (a fun challenge!)

    • Blind Contour Drawing

    • Project : Draw your house


About This Class

What is continuous line drawing?

The well-known artist Paul Klee described a line as ''a dot that went for a walk.'' Continuous line drawing is basically the fun of taking a dot for a walk across your paper. It is also an exercise in hand-eye coordination full of surprises. Instead of always looking at your paper and what you are drawing, you must practice looking more at the object of the drawing -- while never lifting your pencil off the paper.

The result? In time, you'll improve the accuracy of your drawings (and surprise yourself by what you may draw!) 

As in all games, there are a couple rules to respect in order to complete a continuous line drawing :

  • 1. Don't ''break'' your line (lift your pen or pencil off the paper) until you are finished your drawing
  • 2. No erasing! 
  • 3. When working on a BLIND contour drawing, no looking at your PAPER while drawing 

And as another young artist says, '' You never know what you're going to get!'' ! 





Rebecca Jacques


Canadian printmaker and teacher Rebecca Jacques got her BFA in printmaking from the University of Delware in 2005 before moving back to Quebec, Canada where she now lives with her husband, three kids and Saint-Bernard, Gaven. After taking several years off printmaking to paint and begin her family, Rebecca discovered gelli plates and the possibilities of printmaking from home.

 ''When I discovered gelli plates I found that I could continue printing from home, it completely revived by printmaking career. Monoprinting is fun & spontaneous, takes up little space, and lends itself to all kinds of prints. Since there is no cutting involved, this is also very kid-friendly process (all three of my kids, ages 5, 6 and 8, love to print!)''

Rebecca has work in many private collections and has shown with the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville, New Brunswick. She is currently a free-lancer working part-time while home-schooling her 3 elementary-school-aged children. The series of Homeschool Art Classes was inspired by and is dedicated to them.

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Artiste-graveure Rebecca Jacques a complété son bac en arts visuels avec emphase dans la gravure à l’Université de Delaware en 2005. Depuis, elle est revenue au Québec ou elle demeure actuellement avec son mari, ses trois enfants et Gaven son gros Saint-Bernard. Après une pause de quelques années pour fonder sa famille, Rebecca a découvert la possibilité de la gravure à partir de la maison grâce à des ‘‘gelli plates’’.

‘’Quand j’ai découvert les ‘’gelli plates,’’ j’ai trouvé que je pouvais imprimer chez moi. Cette découverte a renouvelé ma carrière en gravure. Les ‘’monoprint’’ (impressions uniques) sont spontanées et joyeuses, elles requièrent peu d’espace de travail, et elles se prêtent à toutes sortes de styles de gravure. De plus, puisque le processus ne requiert aucun découpage, c’est aussi accessible aux enfants : mes trois enfants de 5, 6, et 8 ans aiment énormément faire des impressions!  

Rebecca a des œuvres dans de nombreuses collections privées et a également participé à des expositions à la Gallérie Andrew & Laura McCain de Florenceville au Nouveau-Brunswick. Elle travaille actuellement à son propre compte alors qu’elle orchestre l’enseignement à la maison de ses trois enfants qui sont au primaire. La série de cours d’art Dessinez, dessinons : faisons de l’art à la maison a été inspirée par eux et leur est aussi dédiée.