Monday, December 14, 2015

4th Grade Paper Cutting Lesson

This is a lesson I've posted about before. It is based on artwork by M.C. Escher, and introduces the concept of negative and positive space, as well as negative/positive space reversal. One thing that is really awesome about this lesson is that there is no trash! Every single piece of paper that gets cut out of one side gets glued on the other side. With many other paper cutting lessons, the paper scraps all over the tables and floor take some time to clean up, but with this lesson, the only reason we would have any paper to recycle is if someone messes up and starts over.

Here are a few student examples.

This student created a car:

Another student noticed that when turned upside down, it looks like a cow face! Everyone thought that was pretty awesome.

This year, I put every single student's work on my bulletin board. I love how they look in a group! I think they look stronger together than individually.

1 comment:

  1. Hello, my name is Africa and I'm a Primary English and Science teacher in a Spanish school, and this is the first year I teach Art (5th grade).
    I've just come across with your blog and have gone through all your posts. I really admire your love for art and how you care for your students' artistic development. I'd love to try some of your ideas with my group of students. I've also taken down many tips and projects for my future lessons.
    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful art projects along with interesting description on how the lessons worked.
    Hope you continue working so eagerly as you.