Learning Activity – Form and Space

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:

Which is the foreground? Which is the background? Oh folly!

Which is the foreground? Which is the background? Oh folly!

What we’re really finding out about is Negative and Positive space.

So why not play with it. The above became this:

Yes, I absolutely used Pink.

Yes, I absolutely used Pink.

which turned into this:

Is it a lovely lay showing off her curves to the crowd or her lover, holding his heart in his hands? Single tear...

Is it a lovely lay showing off her curves to the crowd or her lover, holding his heart in his hands? Single tear…

Which morphed into this:

Big cat versus little cat versus mouse!

Big cat versus little cat versus mouse!

the negative:

Who would win?

Who would win?

Which turned into this, my favorite, because I love wolves.

Which turned into this, my favorite, because I love wolves.

and the negative:

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*All designs (as noobish as they may be), copyrighted by ARH/ART (one of my little companies)

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