3rd grade recently learned about negative space. The background part of a picture where there isn't really anything there is often overlooked. In some instances, the negative space can be the most interesting part of a picture! To illustrate this concept, I traced the shadow of every student's face onto a piece of colored paper that they had folded in half, and had them cut out a vase. Next, the students created flowers (using wax crayons and watercolor resist) for their vases. The pictures turned out beautiful, with an added dimension of interest if you pause to notice the negative space.