Young artists will explore negative space by layering paper to resist paint and create a pattern. This activity will support children in discovering how to create shapes through resist.
Ideas for the Art Center:
Add pre-cut paper shapes in various sizes.
Rollers with ink or paint
Encourage young artists to tape pre-cut paper shapes or torn pieces to their background paper. Next, have them roll ink on top of the taped pieces on the paper. After the ink has dried, prompt children to peel the taped paper pieces away to reveal shapes and patterns on their paper. The art can be a finished product or they can continue to repeat this process over and over to create a layered effect using different shapes or ink colors.
What do you notice when you peel the paper pieces away?
What do you notice in the white spaces on your paper? How does layering more than one shape change what’s left when you peel the paper away?
Using uncommon painting tools allow children creativity and a choice when determining what and how to create their artwork.
Artists often tinker with non-conventional tools to help create their art. In Motherwell’s Angus, artist Theodore Waddell uses masonry trowels and specially modified brushes originally intended to apply tar to roofs to create a heavy build-up of paint on the surface of the canvas.
Inspired by the whimsical installation, Tableau, created by Hadley Hooper, this printmaking exploration invites children to discover textures and patterns of different tools and materials as they reveal colorful ink prints!
Prepare an art center with Styrofoam trays, printing ink or paint, rollers, paper, and a mixture of tools and materials that create imprints, such as:
After observing Donald Coen’s painting Yellow Rain Jacket, students will draw in missing parts of the horse on a printed copy of the painting. Students will also add parts of other animals to the original image to create imaginative animal hybrids.