“Lines” by Suzy Lee
You guys, this book is beautiful! It is a wordless picture books and it is one that is so perfect, simple and delicate in design that it is simply breathtaking. It starts with a cover that is gorgeous and serene. Perfect for setting the stage. The interior is an celebration of the beauty of movement and expression through art.
Each page spread shows nothing more, and nothing less than a figure skater skating on ice that in the end is accompanied by other skaters. The lines following our character are a testament to their movements and are so cleverly placed that you can almost see the skater moving in your minds eye. It leaves you with a feeling of peace and a deeper appreciation for the simple, yet lovely, things in life.
Process Art Inspired by “Lines”
The illustrations in this book are so simple, yet so complex at the same time. In my opinion, Suzy took a simple concept for her design and conveyed it so masterfully that it leaps to life on the page. Because the idea is simple enough it wasn’t hard to come up with process art inspired by this stunning book. Using nothing more than a few supplies we mimicked her style with our own creations.
- white copy paper
- stickers of figure skaters (We used THESE )
- Draw some lines on your paper using your pencil however you’d like. The idea is that they are meant to show the movement of your fictional figure skater.
- Place a sticker of a figure skater anywhere you’d like on your lines or at one of the ends of your line. That’s it!
This project I did with my two year old and she really enjoyed the process and was thrilled with the results. I loved that it is an art project that the youngest artists can do as well as the most advanced and the results are equally wonderful.
If you give this Beyond the Book activity a try I’d love to hear how it goes! Share it on Instagram using hashtag #beyondthebook (I’m on Instagram as @book.nerd.mommy) or even just comment here with your thoughts. It would make my day! Or to simply save for later pin the image below.