Positive/Negative Drawing

Positive+NegativeThis is a simple exercise that uses positive and negative shapes and lines.

1. Students start with a 6″ x 9″ sheet of white drawing paper, and a 4.5″ x 4.5″ sheet of black paper.
2. They place a 3.5″ x 3.5″ cardboard template on the black paper, centered on the top edge, and trace.  The inside black square is cut and flipped up, and the two black pieces are glued to the white paper as shown.
3. Students may use a fat chisel tip marker to draw a vase in the lower white space. Flowers may be drawn on the black square with a white pencil crayon. This is one of those projects that just needs a simple, simple drawing. Less is more, and all that…

4 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    You are awesome, your explanations were great, thank you very muc,.


    Thanks so much for your kind comments – I wish I could come to Scotland and see the artwork for myself!

  3. iwritebooks

    Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful art project ideas. I’ve tried a couple of your projects with my P4 (Grade 3) class here in Scotland and look forward to doing many more as the year goes on. Preparation is fuss-free, materials are readily available, and art learning is solid, with lots of enjoyment and creativity. I’m recommending your site to all my colleagues. Again, thank you.

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