Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8-11yrs | Written by: Amy Shapley
[Amy is an art teacher from Kansas City, Missouri]
Learn about positive and negative space. Students in grade 5 and up will enjoy this fun lesson that focuses on bugs as the primary subject matter.
- Learn about positive and negative space and negative space reversal.
- Create an artwork using positive/negative space reversal.
- Create an original design that uses the entire paper space.
positive space, negative space, positive/negative reversal
What You Need:
What You Do:
- 5 1/2 inch squares newsprint or copy paper
- 18 x 18 inch squares good quality white paper
- Sharpie markers and fat permanent markers
- Books with pictures of bugs and insects of all kinds
- Draw a bug that fills a 5 1/2 inch square paper. Use plenty of shape
details, no plain lines.
- Go over the drawing in marker. Trace on 18 x 18 inch square of white paper
in a popcorn pattern.
- Fill in small bug drawing in a positive pattern. Color in some shapes black
and leave some white.
- Cut out a geometric shape from a 6 inch piece of tag board.
- Trace shape on large square of "popcorned" (popcorning is my word for placing things randomly, and in lots of different directions) bugs, with at least one shape
overlapping each bug.
- Color in the bugs on the large pattern with space reversal. Color all areas
of the bug OUTSIDE the shapes the same as your positive pattern (the color
pattern on the original 5 1/2 inch piece). All areas INSIDE the shape should be
colored in the exact opposite.
The Wonderful World of Insects
Everything you want to know about insects can be found at this website.
Big Book of Bugs
by Theresa Greenaway
Larger than life photographs of creepy crawlies include locusts, caterpillars, beetles, flies, grasshoppers, ants, praying mantis, and more!
Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Insects
by Kathy Ross, Sharon Lane Holm
Find all sorts of fun ideas in 48 page book.
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