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Positive and Negative Space

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leah van rees

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Transcript of Positive and Negative Space

Image by Tom Mooring
Positive and Negative Space
The space around and between the object. The negative space is defined by the edges of the positive space and the frame or border. The black space in this image is the negative space.
Negative Space
Positive Space
Lichtner Schomer
Space in an artwork that is filled with something, such as lines, designs, color, or shapes. The opposite of negative space. The black space in this image is the positive space.
Quick Assessment
1. Draw the positive space (the shadow)
2. Draw the negative space (the area around the shadow)
Diet Wiegman
Shadow Drawings
M.C. Escher
Tang Yau Hoong
Artists that play with

Positive and Negative Space
The object/subject
Negative Space & Positive Space
Balance is the equal distribution of visual weight in a design. Visual balance occurs around a vertical axis; our eyes require the visual weight to be equal on the two sides of the axis.
Symmetrical, or formal balance, is also known as bilateral symmetry. It is created by repeating the reverse of a design on the opposite side of the vertical axis; each side, in essence, becomes the mirror image of the other. Symmetrical balance is considered formal, ordered, stable and quiet. It can also be boring.
Positive & Negative Space
1. Sketch idea
2. Draw image on black paper with a pencil
3. Use an exacto knife to cut image on a cutting board
*remember that overlapping lines need a frame
4. Trace the image cut out on the black paper on white paper
5. Glue the pieces on the traced area of the white paper
6. Glue the black paper next to the white paper to create symmetry
Philipp Rietz
Painting and Drawing
2D Design
Are your drawings different?
Asymmetry achieves balance through contrast. Asymmetrical, or informal balance, involves different elements that have equal visual weight; the weight is equal but the elements are not identical.
Visual Weight Influences:
position, size, texture, isolation, value, value contrast, quantity, orientation, shape, and color
Golan Levin
Tang Yau Hoong
What is positive space?
What is negative space?
How do artists effectively use positive and negative space in their works of art to create balance?
Questions to think about:
Create a work of art the effectively uses positive and negative space to create balance.
Crop object to make Abstract
Repetition of positive space to create pattern
Recognizable object
1. Choose a subject/object
2. Choose a medium to work with
3. Will your work be abstract or recognizable?
4. Will you focus on the entire object/subject or only a portion of it?
4. Sketch and focus on the shapes in the negative space (do not trace)
5. Begin final piece
2 D Design
Painting and Drawing
Create a work of art the effectively uses positive and negative space to create balance.
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