- white drawing paper
- black tempera paint
- paint brushes
- oil pastels
I found this wonderful lesson in Dynamic Art Projects for Children. It's an excellent project to teach negative and positive space.
My anticipatory set was teaching and showing students examples of Banyan trees from India. They were really amazed with the size when I related them to football fields. We discussed positive and negative space, which was a concept they easily understood.
To begin, I taught them how to draw the trunk and branches. The students added their own smaller branches in between the major ones simply by painting lines in the negative space. The last step was to add in the hanging branches or trunks.
They painted in the tree black and added the color in the negative space, something different than we typically do. They were asked to use two colors in each section so that they can practice their blending. I personally try to teach them the method of blending without using their finger, but there are always some that can't get out of the habit of doing so.
Most added a sunset towards the bottom, but I think they look lovely any way.
We saved an area beneath the tree to color in as water. We also practiced how to add in a reflection.
Honestly, every single project was a success! As long as the children colored in every spot leaving no white spaces, they were so colorful in the end they all looked beautiful!