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    The Positive and Negative Space Reversal Collage is great for 4th-8th grades. It can be made more complex & challenging with older students-explore the art of Notan. Make sure to emphasize safety using the Exacto Knives! Here’s a more challenging Notan Lesson for older students:Notan Expansion of the Square

  • Notan: The Dark-Light Principle of Design (Dover Art Instruction) This is a great book that explains the history & meaning behind Notan. Key Vocabulary: 1. Space- the area above, below, between & through objects in a piece of art. 2. Positive Space-the main shapes or forms (main objects or shapes) in an artwork 3. Negative Space– the empty or non-interesting space between and around the main

    objects 4. Positive & Negative Space Reversal-visually switching back & forth between the

    positive & negative space. Positive space becomes negative & visa versa. 5. Symmetrical Balance– a design is the same or almost exactly the same on both

    sides

  • Supplies: 12×18 sheets of colored art paper, 9×12″ sheets of colored art paper, pencils, exacto knives, stick glue, gallon ziplock bags for cut pieces Instructions: 1. Students select 1 sheet each of 9×12″ & 12×18″ construction paper of contrasting

    colors. 2. On the 9×12″ sheet placed vertically, use a pencil to draw in designs-they must be

    full shapes, not just a single line. Some shapes can come from the edges as well. (this example shows the design on a white sheet of paper so you can see the design-it was actually drawn onto the turquoise paper).

    3. Place 9×12″ sheet onto a cutting board & use an exacto knife to precisely cut the design out. Give each student a gallon size ziplock back to keep all the pieces in. DO NOT THROW ANY PIECES AWAY!

    4. Place the 12×18″ paper down first, glue the main piece of 9×12″ cut paper on to it. Use a glue stick so the paper doesn’t warp.

    5. Place all your pieces back onto the 9×12″ paper-DO NOT GLUE THEM. Pick each on up, flip it over & place it so that it is mirror image on the “blank” side of the 12×18″ paper. If you have a shape within a shape, you will leave the next shape on the first side & glue it. Continue placing the shapes until you have all of your pieces glued down.

  • If you choose to use this lesson or repost it (written or photos), please link back to my blog Create Art with ME. MORE Collage Art Lessons:

    Notan

    Types of Balance Collage

  • Mixed Media Still Life and Collage Here are some more student examples: (click on image to see FULL view)

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