Tuesday, September 10, 2013

This week in art

Fourth graders are jumping right into Positive and Negative space this week, showing both a positive space image and negative space image.

Think about positive space like addition, you are adding color to the space (Positive space = +)
in the picture on the left, the ram is in the positive space, in the picture on the right, the ram shape is created using negative space around the ram.

In the picture below, some people see two faces, some see a vase in the middle.  This optical illusion is created using the negative space in between the two faces.

Third Graders are learning about Kandinsky and how he uses circles in many of his artworks.  We discuss the use of a variety of colors and shapes within his work.

Fifth grade is beginning the annual Youth Art Month Flag contest, designing a state flag to represent Minnesota.  This is a fun project because it is an opportunity to talk about art in Minnesota, one of the more notable sculptures that represents art in Minnesota, is the spoonbridge and cherry sculpture in the Walker Sculpture garden in Minneapolis, MN.

Here are a few winners from the past 5 years


  1. I'd love to see your students' complete pos/neg pictures :)
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