Lines with Style

Lines with Style lesson plan

Discover the differences between Realism and Stylization in art, and show off your own unique style!

  • 1.

    Some artists are very skilled at capturing every subtle detail in an image, so the subject of the artwork looks almost as it does in real life. This type of art is known as realism. You have probably seen portraits like this before. The less something looks as it does in real life, the more stylized it becomes. This type of art is called stylization or abstract art. Cartoon and comics are like this! Find examples of each with your class and discuss the differences.

  • 2.

    Beginning artists often find stylization as a way to learn not only drawing, but seeing as well. To stylize an object, you simplify it into its most basic elements of shape, line, and color. To look at something and draw simple shapes that make up that object might be less intimidating than drawing the object as a whole. Try this technique with your class to create your own abstract drawings!

  • 3.

    Select an item from the classroom to draw or bring one in from home. Study the object and imagine what simple shapes could form it. For example, if you’re looking at a baseball cap, you might think of it as a half circle with a long, thin oval attached to it!

  • 4.

    Lightly sketch your object with Crayola® Colored Pencils by starting with the simple shapes that make it up. Next, erase the overlapping lines, and give your object a defined edge by outlining it with Crayola Classic Markers. Embellish your stylized drawing with other thick and thin lines and shapes to add detail.

  • 5.

    Fill in your object with bright colors. Give it a thick outline and dark background to really make it pop!


  • LA: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • LA: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
  • LA: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Create a series of abstract drawings based on the same subject, like a flower. Display all drawings together as one would find in an art gallery. Invent a catchy title or slogan for the display.
  • Students select an artist who is well-known for his work in stylization. Research his life, education, and professional work experience. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.
  • After students have replicated a selected object using stylization technique, students re-create the object using the technique of realism. Display the two art pieces side by side.