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Positive and Negative Space

Symmetrical Names


Use your first and last name to create a symmetrical name plate. Use polished crayon technique.


1. Make a horizontal fold on your paper; crease the fold and unfold the paper.
2. Write or print your name in the top half of the paper Color the positive space (your name). Each letter should touch the top of the paper as well as the fold in the center of the paper. Use pressure with the crayons.
3. Fold the paper. You can see the lettering through the paper.
Keeping the paper folded, trace the letters with a pencil. This will transfer the crayon outline onto the opposite side of the fold.
4. Unfold the paper. The top half of your paper will have your name that you wrote.
The bottom half of your paper will have a reversed (symmetrical) image of your name. Use crayons (bear hard) to color the letters (the positive space) and to color the space surrounding the letters (background or negative space).
5. When coloring is complete, your should have a waxy surface of crayon.
Use a small piece of paper towel to polish and shine your name plate.

When you have completed your assignment:
Write in the upper right corner of the back your
Block number

Name, Block and date on it?
Place your completed art work in the box labeled “To be graded” located on the cart beside the file cabinet in the front of the room.
Finished early??
You may start another art work. The second one might be better than the first.
Work on homework.
Stay in seat


Lettering large/readable 40 pts.
Lettering symmetrical top/bottom 40 pts.
(time, effort, neatness) 15 pts.
Polished surface 5 pts.

NOTES:Lesson Description:Use your name to create a symmetrical design. Color the positive space (letters) and negative space (surrounding areas). Color with pressure so you create a waxy surface. Use a paper towel to polish/shine the crayon.

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1. Space: refers to the emptiness or area between, around, above, below, or within objects & drawings (positive/negative) and/or the feeling of depth in a two-dimensional work of art.
2. Positive space: is the space occupied by a shape or form.
3. Negative space: is the space not occupied by a positive shape or form. The empty area around an object in an art work.
4. Balance: visual equilibration found in an art work.
5. Symmetrical (formal) evenly balanced (same on both sides). Compositional stability which is derived from equal visual elements.
6. Asymmetrical (informal) unevenly balanced (each side is different). Compositional stability which is derived from unequal visual elements. One or more large shapes or forms balanced by several smaller shapes or forms.
7. Craftsmanship: Qualities of good craftsmanship are:
Artistic care and neatness
Skilled use of tools and materials
Skilled technique

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