I could understand what he was saying, but it didn’t come naturally to me. I had to be reminded to look for it. To see the stuff that’s there but not there.
-Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home
We are looking at the space between and around the subject – we are looking at negative space. After I have given the directions I come around and remind each student what we are doing. Some students find themselves frustrated and others take to the focus easily. That’s just the way it plays out. And though a few insist that they don’t exactly have it down, they all come through with beautiful completed works.
Here are a few examples:
Kayla (above) a Drawing 1 student, completed both in class and home work and still worked on an extra drawing. She went outside and after seeing what she was doing I handed her a box of pastels with not much direction on how to use them. I just thought she should have fun and experiment – she did.
Below are Drawing 2 students. They experiment with different media, though still focus on negative space.
Ma is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as gap, space, pause or the space between two structural parts.