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Negative Space and Geometric Shapes


Artists in Schools

Negative Space and Geometric Shapes

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Niousha Kiarashi's elementary school class at Sid Miller Academy.

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Time for another new technique! 

First, we looked at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and observed the round buds and triangle petals contrasted against the yellow background. Next, students learned about negative space by collaging geometric shapes on paper, then coloring around those shapes to create texture. 

By removing the shapes, students were able to see the negative space left behind.

Niousha’s work at Sid Miller Academy is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts. 

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.

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