4th Grade: Fall trees using positive and negative space
I use a full sheet of black or brown construction paper and white paper that is cut 1- 2 in. smaller.
I can recognize the difference between positive and negative space
I can draw a realistic picture using value
I can draw with shading techniques using multiple colors
- I start the class by explaining positive and negative shapes by showing some examples of illustrators and graphic designers who used that as their focus in their work
- We talk about the landscape of Western North Carolina – ask kids to describe the landscape around them
- Show some pictures of our town focusing on the mountains and rivers
- Demo how to draw mountains and rivers – throwing in a bit of perspective
- Tell students each element in their drawing must have at least two colors blended together with the crayons ex. 2 colors in sky, 2 colors in each section of mountain.
- Tell them to focus on cool colors
- Pass out paper and have them begin by coloring the hills and the sky- coloring in the whole paper makes this project go so much smoother. If the cut pieces get mixed up, they’ll know what side is up.
- I have them draw the lines that will be cut, but it’s not necessary. Just remember they are not drawing a tree, just a vertical line up the center of the paper and a few branches.
- I limit it to 4 main branches with a few little ones, more than that and it ends up a mad house trying to help kids figure out what goes where.
- We begin cutting on the center line ( I have them place the 2 halves on the black paper so the can see how to form the trunk with the negative space).
- We cut the bottom branch on each half and glue it into place.
- We continue cutting a line and gluing the piece in place, until the tree is complete.
Understand how the Elements of Art are used to develop a composition.
Use ideas and imagery from North Carolina as sources for creating art.
Analyze the effect of the geographic location and physical environment on the media and subject matter of NC art and artists.