C2 Positive/Negative Space

Exercise goal: Positive/Negative space as an expression of shape and rhythm. Create a composition made out of a series of identical objects like pencils or spoons, arranged on a simple background. Arrange these objects so that the proportion of spacing between the objects repeats.

Next, create a second composition from the same objects but vary the space between the objects. Make note of the importance that the background takes on when you start to control the size and shape of both positive and negative shapes.

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It’s your turn! Create your own applied example of positive/negative relationships through the vehicle of your choosing: photography, painting, drawing, digital tools, mixed media, etc.

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When you’re done, share: Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.

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