Positive and Negative Space
When my year 5 and 6 classes were reading the book Skellig by David Almond we looked at the concept of positive and negative space. I used the artist tool kit (as found in my useful website list on the right) to introduce the concept. We then made our own possible figures with wings using split pins. The children lay their figures on to black sugar paper in the position of their choice.
We then used white paint to splatter around the figure. Ensuring that it didn't move and concentrated the splats around the figure. When the children removed their figure a negative space was left.
We then moved on to using our Skellig figures to create a textured picture using masking tape.
The children posed their Skellig figure on another pieces of black sugar paper and drew round it.
They then filled the shape with torn pieces of masking tape. They children soon found out that the size, thickness and the direction of the tape changed the texture of the picture.