Sam Gillam, Abacus Sliding, 1977

Sam Gilliam, Abacus Sliding (El ábaco se desliza), 1977. Pintura. 90 X 118 pulg. Denver Art Museum; fondos del National Endowment for the Arts y del United Bank of Denver, 1978.10

Layers of Resist

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.
  • Painters tape
  • Rollers with ink or paint
  • Paper

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.

Guiding questions:

  • 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?
  • What happens when different paint colors overlap?
Supplies laid out- tempera paint, foam roller, cut out shapes, tape, and blank paper.

Reúna los materiales para la exploración.

Tape is used to attach a variety of shapes to the blank sheet of paper.

Los jóvenes artistas pueden usar cinta para pegar las formas al papel blanco.

Green tempera paint is applied to the paper using a foam roller.

Los niños pueden usar un rodillo de esponja para aplicar la pintura sobre el papel y las formas.

Cut out shapes are removed from the paper and reveal negative space.

Los jóvenes artistas descubrirán el espacio negativo de las formas que apliquen al quitarlas una vez que se seque la pintura.

More shapes are taped onto the surface and layered on the negative space.

Continúe con el mismo proceso para crear distintas capas de formas y superposición.

Green paint is rolled over the second layer of taped down shapes.

Los jóvenes artistas pondrán otra capa de pintura con el rodillo sobre las formas nuevas.

Overlapping green and white shapes are created on the paper.

Los niños pueden quitar las formas cuando la pintura se seque y descubrir las formas en capas.

More shapes are taped onto the surface and layered on the negative space.

Siga repitiendo los pasos e incluso intente usar un color distinto en cada capa.

Shapes are removed to reveal layered shapes and pattern.

El diseño y la composición cambiarán cada vez que se agreguen y se quiten formas nuevas.

Motive a los jóvenes artistas a pensar en el proceso creativo con preguntas como: ¿Por qué algunas formas son más oscuras y algunas son más claras?

Final green and white layered shapes artwork.

Prompt yougn artists to think about the creative process with questions like: why are some shapes darker and some shapes lighter?