A Negative Space Exercise

Negative space drawingI wanted to mix things up for my students this week, so I had them just focus on the background of their art, or the negative space.

In honor of Sponge Bob, I declared it “Opposite Day”.

• Drawing paper
• Scissors
• Crayons


1. Students lightly trace a scissors onto sheet of paper.
2. The background is colored in crayon in any color, any pattern, as long as the end result was solid. The inside of the scissors was to be empty. No light or scribbly coloring allowed. – the bolder the background, the more the scissors stand out.