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Explore the art of creating positive and negative space with Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers, and draw a colorful name design on a fabric drawstring backpack!
The elements of art are used to build an artist’s creation. Form, line, space, shape, value, color, and texture are the elements of art. Not every work of art uses all seven elements, but there are some elements that always appear. Shape is one of those elements!
Ask students what they think space is. How would they define space? In art terms, space is area. It can be 3-D or flat, but it is one element of art that can always be found. There are two types of space, positive and negative. Positive space is the subject of artwork, and negative space is the background or areas around and between the subject.
Provide students with examples of M.C. Escher’s art, such as “The Drowned Cathedral,” “Old Olive Tree,” and/or “Hand with Reflecting Sphere.” Ask students to identify the areas of positive and negative space in Escher's work. Discuss observations as a whole class. Provide time for students to research Escher's life and artistic career. Suggest specific Internet web sites for students to visit to further investigate his artwork.
Challenge students to design their own masterpieces showing positive and negative space! Use names to create interesting designs on sporty drawstring backpacks! Students begin by drawing their names with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on a heavy sheet of paper. Be sure to draw thick letters that will be easy to cut out and trace.
Students carefully cut out each letter of the name using Crayola Scissors, and arrange the letters on a flattened drawstring backpack. For best results, use 100% cotton fabric. With Crayola Bright Fabric Markers, trace the outline of each letter onto the backpack. Flip each letter upside down and place directly under the tracing of the name, creating a reflection, and outline the reflection with Bright Fabric Markers. Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover your work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.
Remind students to fill in the positive space on the name design above the reflection with bold colors using Bright Fabric Markers! Place a sheet of recycled newspaper or scrap paper inside the drawstring backpack to prevent bleed through. Color designs, making certain the cloth has been saturated. For the name design reflection, fill in the negative space with color.
When finished, students ask an adult to iron their designs. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place garment in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.
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