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I found an amazing video on Pinterest about Notan designs--essentially the positive and negative approach. My 7/8 students created these amazing designs. Lots of organization of little pieces using baggies! It was almost like putting a puzzle together. All students were successful because they could control the complexity of their design.

Space is an area that an artist provides for a particular purpose. Space includes the background, foreground and middle ground, and refers to the distances or area(s) around, between and within things. There are two kinds of space: negative space and positive space.

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Assignment: Create a work demonstrating interesting positive/negative space. For bottom layer: cut long strips from magazines and glue side by side on a piece of paper. For top layer: Cut an interesting, balanced design away from a sheet of white paper and glue on top of the other sheet you covered with magazine strips.