Submitted by: Gloria Rabinowitz, North Shore Hebrew Academy HS, Great Neck, NY UNIT: Collage - Design - Positive Negative Space Lesson: Positive/Negative Space - Black and White
non-objective collage Grade Level: middle school though high school (see middle
To create a collage using cut black and white paper utilizing positive and
1) Discuss the meaning of "positive" and
"negative" space in a work of art.
Show examples from abstract art and representational art. Discuss
Notan in Japanese art and design - balance of white and black
2) Have students cut large and small shapes of black and white
glue them to a backing surface.
Henri Matisse, Stuart Davis and other non-objective art.
Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs - Drawing with Scissors- Printed in exactly the same colors, using paper and inks similar to the 1947 edition, this volume allows readers to experience Jazz in its original, unbound form. The book provides a thorough historical context to Matisse's cut-outs, tracing their genesis in his 1930 trip to Tahiti, through to his final years in Nice.
Stuart Davis - This book presents superlative examples of why Stuart Davis is seen by artists & art historians alike as one of the greatest American painters of the 20th Century.
1) Is the composition unified?
2) Can the students discriminate between foreground and background?
3) Are the positive and negative shapes balanced?
3) Did the students create a good work of art utilizing the elements of art and principles of design?
Introduce one color as accent and talk about emphasis/center of interest.
Assessment: Revise Rubric at bottom
Submitted by:Brenda Robson UNIT: Design - Positive/Negative Shape - Notan - Emphasis Lesson: Non-Objective Cut Paper Design with color accent
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Create a balance of black
and white - with added color accent for emphasis/center of