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Lesson Plans

Re:filling in the white spots

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Betty Bowen (
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 14:53:02 -0500

This "no white spots" idea is interesting to me. Is it really necessary?
Please don't think I'm being critical, I'm just wondering what specific
artist learning value is it to be sure there are no white spaces besides
that it makes everybody's stuff look more alike and more cohesive as a show
and keeps them busy longer. Is there another way to encourage using the
whole sheet of paper without teaching them that it's somehow "wrong" for the
paper to show? (fear of negative space?)
I certainly understand the need to not waste paper - that's how I got all my
drawing paper as a kid - my cousin routinely drew a few lines and tossed the
paper - he never erased. (We're both artists now, he went the graphic
design/illustration track).

But it reminds me of the French Academy - one of their rules was that no
canvas could show. Letting it show was one of the Academy's many complaints
about the Impressionists. Also, no brushstrokes showing - kind of like
coloring dark and close together?

So after they learn letting paper show is a bad thing, how do you approach
discussing works of art on paper - Japanese brushwork - woodcut - with lots
of huge open spaces?