Continuous Line Drawings

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Relax and let the creativity flow with this project from the  Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: 5 & up.

Materials: white drawing paper, fine tipped black markers or pencils and crayons.


Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and relax.

Take a black marker or pencil, put it on the paper, and slowly move it around the paper, not lifting it off the paper. Do not attempt to draw a picture of anything and don’t overdo the drawing. Keep it simple.

Open your eyes. Remove the marker. Turn the paper around, looking at the random shapes you have created. Do the shapes suggest pictures of anything?

Using crayons, color in the shapes to represent whatever they suggest.


A continuous line drawing focuses on “line” as an element of design. Sometimes when people draw, they are so focused on making things look real, their muscles actually tighten up which can impede the creative process. This exercise is a good way for your children to relax as they draw. There is no right or wrong way to accomplish a continuous line drawing. Not only does the drawing spark the imagination, it also can result in some silly combinations of pictures. Have fun!


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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