Oct 24, 2010

A Positively Negative Pumpkin

I tried this with 2nd and 4th graders, and they both seemed to enjoy the puzzle aspect of making a whole pumpkin from cutting out just a half. I like how this is an example of using both positive and negative shapes, and positive and negative colors.
1. Give each student an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cream paper and a 5.5" x 8.5" black sheet of paper. With my sample, I first aligned the black paper on the left side of the cream.
2. Starting on the middle edge, students draw a large half of a pumpkin. Next, one eye and one half of a mouth are added. When complete, the eye and mouth are cut out, all as complete shapes, not in bits and pieces. I show students how to cheat with the eye triangle by cutting a line over to it and then cutting around to get the triangle out. The little slice will seal itself back up when glued.
3. The negative shape is glued down on the left, and the newly cut shapes are to be flopped from their cut out positions, and then glued down with a glue stick on the right.
4. Finally, the students could add some detail to their pumpkin, using black marker on the cream side, and white colored pencil on the black side.

CA Visual Arts Standard: Grade Four, Creative Expression
2.6 Use the interaction between positive and negative space expressively in a work of art.


Katie said...

thank you! I used this project with 2nd graders the past few days--they have loved it! Its so cute and just a lot of fun for a 1-day before halloween treat.

thanks again.


Marcie said...

Hi... cute idea! Do you know? Could this idea be applied to an artist's style? I'm thinking of using this concept as an art docent lesson.


Kathy Barbro said...

The only idea I have right now is Matisse. He did a lot of bright cutouts late in his life. Maybe lots of small versions of this pos/neg process? Just a thought.