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Art Hacks: Using Positive/Negative Space in your Art

Cookie Redding, Artist, Designer, Educator

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7 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

      1:06
    • Supplies

      1:02
    • What is Positive and Negative Space?

      4:38
    • Demonstration:: Charcoal + Positive/Negative

      7:39
    • Demonstration:: Watercolor + Positive/Negative

      9:19
    • Class Project

      5:01
    • Conclusion

      0:58

About This Class

In art, the positive space is the object we’re looking at (a vase, for example, on a table) and the negative space is the area around the object (the background).  By being able to understand this spacial relationship, you can hone in a more successful compositional arrangement. As artists and designers, we tend to focus mainly on the positive shapes in our composition, but the magic really happens in the negative space...it’s equally as important as our positive space and this project will allow you time to devote on studying its spacial interaction.

In this class students will explore the relationship between positive and negative shapes in unique, dynamic compositions.  Often times when we are in the early stages of our creation process, we stumble upon composition errors as well as proportion issues.  By learning how to shift between seeing the positive/negative space, your work will evolve and grow stronger in composition.

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Cookie Redding

Artist, Designer, Educator

Cookie Redding is an artist and designer practicing in a variety of mediums-from drawing and painting to photography, ceramics and printmaking. She received a B.A. in art and an M.F.A. in ceramics/printmaking from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She runs Likes I Love, and sells online at etsy. She teaches fine art and design classes at regional universities. She has a tendency to get excited about art and talk nonstop about it. You will hear her say awesome a lot (which is a good thing!...

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