Sample Lesson Plans: Architecture and Aesthetics

A line is a continuous mark made by a pencil, brush, pen or other tool which is an element of the formal design of a work of art. Lines can be thick or thin, straight or curved, jagged or smooth, light or heavy. In architecture, lines are often suggested by the structural materials architects choose for their buildings. Modern buildings, such as the John Hancock Building in Chicago. use the bold lines created by structural steel crossbracing, other buildings may suggest a tall vertical line by their shape and massing.