Learning Activity – Form and Space
Rearrange shapes cut out of paper, and try to find the point at which the figure disappears into the ground.
Cut out a series of shapes from black paper – squares, rectangles, circles and random shapes – in a variety of sizes, from small to large.
Working with a square piece of white paper, place shapes of different sizes into the white space; place them on the white one at a time and move them around.
Try to find the point where the distinction between figure and ground becomes unclear. Does it depend on which shape dominates the space: black or white? Is it about the position of the shape within the space? Think about how important figure-ground relationships are within composition and design.
Now, I certainly did as the objective said, I made stars, squares, made checkerboards and came to a point where everything became the question – Which is the foreground? They were typical, criss crosses, stripes, checks, tartans, repeating stars – but you and I know all those, for good measure I’ll post one:
What we’re really finding out about is Negative and Positive space.
So why not play with it. The above became this:
which turned into this:
Which morphed into this:
and the negative:
*All designs (as noobish as they may be), copyrighted by ARH/ART (one of my little companies)