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Re: needing suggestions

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Mcracker_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Mar 04 2001 - 19:52:42 PST


Jayna-
I have been doing a similar project on positve and negative space with 7th
graders. I have them use a corner of a cardboard box and set up a mini still
life of 3 objects with the others at each table. The reason for the box is to
use a small space so they have to overlap and so we can pick the whole thing
up and store it overnight. They do a contour drawing of the objects and then
shade them using an ebony pencil (that's the positive part.) Then they trace
that drawing and do a second one where they paint the objects black or white
and create patterns, etc. in the negative spaces. I let them choose whatever
media (or combination ) thye wish. This allows them to choose something, make
decisions about the effectiveness of various media, apply past
knowledge...and keeps them challenged beacuse it is theri choice! I display
the two works side by side with an explanation of positive and nregative
space.
Marcia in WI

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