Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Positive and Negative Space

3rd, 4th and 5th grade artists spent one class and finished these cut-paper jack-o-lanterns. We began by looking at some really cool pumpkins carved by Ray Villafane. What followed was an interesting debate about whether or not these carved pumpkins are "Art." Students argued on both sides of the issue and defended their point of view with specific reasons. We then reviews the Elements of Art and talked about space in art. There are two types of space--Negative and Postive. Positive is the object itself (say, a chair) Negative space is the area in and around the chair.  We used negative and positive space to create these jack-o-lanterns.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Elements of Art

 The Elements of Art are the building blocks to creating and discussing any work of Art. They are:
1) Line-The path of a point.
2) Shape-2-D, enclosed space
3) Form-3D object
4) Value-Range from light to dark
5) Space-Areas in and around art
6) Texture-Implied or real; touch
7) Color-ROYGBIV
Students in grades 2-5 studied these elements carefully and created these projects that demonstrate their understanding of  each of these concepts. The back ground behind the students names has seven areas--one area for each of the Elements. We had many great class discussions as we analyzed drawings, photographs and sculptures using these art words.  We will be using this knowledge in every art project this year.
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