Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples


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A contour line drawing in art:

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1. During a blind contour drawing the artist will:

2. The term contour finds its origins in:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Lines are an essential element of art, and artists from Giotto to Picasso used contour lines to define space and emphasize different aspects of their subjects. This quiz and lesson will help you understand contour lines and the different ways contour line drawing can develop artistic skills.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be quizzed on the following topics:

  • The definition of contour lines
  • The etymology of the term contour
  • Silhouettes in art
  • Functions of contour lines
  • Blind contour drawing

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read an explanation of contour lines and understand the key points
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the functions of contour lines
  • Information recall - access your knowledge on contour lines and its language of origin

Additional Learning

To learn more, read the lesson, Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples. The lesson focuses on the following goals:

  • Understand the concept of contour lines
  • Compare contour line and blind contour line drawing
  • Understand how contour lines define space
  • Explain the purpose of contour lines in art
  • Describe how contour line drawing focuses your observation of a subject