A Positively Negative Pumpkin

Positive Negative PumpkinI like how this is an example of using both positive and negative shapes, with some built in symmetry.

1. Give each student an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of cream paper and a 5.5″ x 8.5″ black sheet of paper. With my sample, I first aligned the black paper on the left side of the cream.
2. Starting on the middle edge, students draw a large half of a pumpkin. Next, one eye and one half of a mouth are added. When complete, the eye and mouth are cut out, all as complete shapes, not in bits and pieces. I show students how to cheat with the eye triangle by cutting a line over to it and then cutting around to get the triangle out. The little slice will seal itself back up when glued.
3. The negative shape is glued down on the left, and the newly cut shapes are to be flopped from their cut out positions, and then glued down with a glue stick on the right.
4. Finally, the students could add some detail to their pumpkin, using black marker on the cream side, and white colored pencil on the black side.

3 Responses

  1. Kathy Barbro

    The only idea I have right now is Matisse. He did a lot of bright cutouts late in his life. Maybe lots of small versions of this pos/neg process? Just a thought.

  2. Marcie

    Hi… cute idea! Do you know? Could this idea be applied to an artist’s style? I’m thinking of using this concept as an art docent lesson.


  3. Katie

    thank you! I used this project with 2nd graders the past few days–they have loved it! Its so cute and just a lot of fun for a 1-day before halloween treat.

    thanks again.


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