Grade 4-6

Clay Leaves

6th graders created these clay leaves to accompany their one point perspective watercolor landscapes. Happy to be sending these home with them before the holiday break. c0xtvypxcaawoqt


Wayne Thiebaud Cupcakes!

5th grade students were introduced to the art of Wayne Thiebaud this last month. We had a blast sketching then creating their very own cupcakes out of clay! Coil, roll and pinch… scratch and attach- then voila!

Positive and Negative Space- Expanding the Square

NOTAN is a Japanese word which means “dark-light”. The word, however, means more than that. The principle of NOTAN as it relates to design is defined as the interaction between a positive (light) and a negative (dark) space.

I had my fourth grade students do an “Expansion of the Square” exercise to study the interaction of positive and negative space. One space is as important as another space to bring to the design. They are still on the drying rack but here are a couple so far…

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Big Idea: Students will explore the relationship between positive and negative space.

Essential Question: Does a negative space have a shape?

Learning Goal: To develop promote an awareness of shape and space. Students will create an original visual image using colored construction paper that will demonstrate that all spaces within a work of art have their own unique shapes.


  • 12×12 Sheet of light colored construction paper
  • 6×6 square of black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Visual aides, examples