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Saturday, February 25, 2012

It's Positively Negative- New Project in my Art Class....

One of the hardest concepts for me when I was studying was the idea of "negative space" -how could you draw something that wasn't there?  And why would you want to?   The answer to that question took me a loooong time to understand, but I now know that by correctly depicting the space around things, you end up enhancing the subject you're trying to represent.  Anyway, I took my students on a journey to study negative space and explore a new technique this week.  We're creating silhouettes of birds and trees, but instead of the traditional black shadows, these silhouettes will be in white!   I had them  draw birds and tree branches and then outline the space around; aka negative space....tough concept, but they came through with flying colors!

 Once they outlined their birds and trees, they filled the space with flowers and then colored it in so the only white o their papers would be the birds and trees.  Now for the new technique; we used linseed oil to transform the oil pastels into paint!  Much like watercolor pencils, except it's oil instead of water!  This was actually the first kind of painting that I enjoyed as a kid!

Next week, they'll finish their background areas and color their birds and trees a bit but only using whites and greys to keep the silhouette feel to the piece- I'm pretty sure these are going to be amazing!

6 comments:

craftattack said...

Great work with the kids, they are doing really wonderful things under your tuition! Hugs, Valerie

Yvonne said...

Love seeing children involved in art. They all seem to have a natural love for it.

Netty said...

wow the pages are already looking good. Thank you for sharing. x

Nicola said...

Hi Stephanie, I LOVED your painting for paint party Friday, such wonderful movement!!! I also loved reading about your art project with your students!! I'm sure it'll look fantastic! I'm actually in the process of discussing a position at my boys school of being their artist in residence so that I can take art classes with the children, I've never done anything like it before but I'm really excited as it's a dream of mine to work with children and art. I've got lots of ideas but I'm also very nervous about whether I can pull it off eeeek!!!!

Nicola said...

Oh I meant to add 'Any tips?' I guess I'm a bit nervous about whether I can convey what I want to the children to do. I've got lots of ideas but how do I turn them into projects? I'm going to start by practicing on my boys first I think ;0)

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

this looks so fun! again, I want to be your student!! haha... how lucky these young artists are to have such a creative and talented teacher.