Saturday, October 15, 2011

4th grade - Vase/Face

The fourth grade classes explored the concept of positive/negative space by creating their own version of the famous optical illusion, vase/face.

Positive space is the shape or object that you notice first in a picture or drawing.  Let's say you are drawing a chair.  The chair itself creates the positive shape on your paper.

Negative space is made up of the shapes around the positive spaces.  In the example of drawing a chair, it is the shapes of the spaces AROUND the chair.  This includes any shapes made by holes in the chair.  Artists can use these negative shapes to help them form an accurate picture of the chair itself.  Being able to switch back and forth between seeing positive and negative space can help your artistic skills a lot.

Here are some student examples of vase/face!

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