Positive Negative Space

Positive Negative Space

creating Structure with space

Big Idea:

creating structure and interest with space.

Description of Setting:

High School Art Classroom, 30+ students, 9 tables, 35 chairs, 2 sinks, projector

Public School, Fall Semester, 1st Quarter

45 minute class periods

Art History:

Artists telling a story using silhouette and positive and negative space. Kumi Yamashita, Kara Walker, Charlotte “Lotte” Reiniger,

Many different periods of art all use shape and structure to create organic depictions of real life.

Goal and Outcomes: Be able to use shape in different graphical forms to depict real life.

Tell a story with positive and negative silhouettes.

Pick three defining elements for your story. Opposites attract make it strange.

sketch out ideas.

Begin to cut out elements for design.

Paste or glue to board or paper for relative design ideas.

Must use some form of negative space in the art work.

Positive Critique will be had at end of project.

Discussion pertaining to the silhouette project in class. Is it art? How did it make you feel? Does this give you opportunities to express yourselves in other ways?


newsprint, pencil, Black paper or relative paper (ask teacher.). White 16×20 stark white paper or relative board (ask teacher). Types of material is left partially open to students as long as silhouette is followed.

Management Procedure:

Students will arrive on time and take there seats for attendance. Students will stay attentive and quiet while working.Students will not text on cell phones. Students will raise hand with questions. Students will respect one another and the work that is being created. Students will give positive feed back.

Instructional Process:

Students will walk into class and take their seats and wait for instruction. Once everyone is quiet students will be presented the silhouette assignment. We will then discuss the history and uses of silhouette to present day. Logo design, masking architecture, ect..

Basic set of art history will be outlined for them. Students will have the rest of the class to come up with ideas of there choice and start on preliminary sketches. Must have at least three sketches.

Once sketches are complete and ideas are challenged and interpreted by teacher the student may begin the final cutting of paper project and choose the materials they would like to work with.

Once project is finished students will help hang the art work on the wall for critique and discussion. We will then learn and discuss positive feed back and critique.

Students will have the opportunity to pick an artist discussed to start there paper. This paper will help create an art history book and test material at the end of the year.

As the time nears end, the students will put away all material and find their table and wait for the bell patiently.

Student will leave the classroom courteous of one another.

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