The area around, within, or between images or elements. The appearance of space can be created on a two-dimensional surface by means of techniques such as the overlapping of objects, the varying of object size or placement, the varying of colour intensity and value, and the use of detail and diagonal lines.
Use questions like these to prompt discussion either whole group, small group or in conference. You can use these questions for a written analysis or an altered version of them to guide students as they work through their own art pieces.
What are your initial reactions to this work of art?
What thoughts, emotions or judgements do this art bring to mind?
What connections can you make between your own experiences and this artwork? (Have you seen a similar subject matter in art before?)
What questions do you have about this work?
What elements and principles were used by the artist?
How are the elements and principles organized in this work of art?
What do you feel are the subject matter and meaning in the work?
What do you feel the artist was trying to communicate to the viewer?
How has the artist expressed emotion or ideas in the work?
Have you changed your mind about this work of art?
The MAIN element of design is SPACE and the MAIN principle of design is RHYTHM for this
assignment, however, other principles and elements can be discussed depending on the work
created by students. (i.e. a student could say they have EMPHASIS as a main principle as well if
their sky image has one large cloud that stands out).
paper (small in size for many attempts)
Tempera paint (blue and maybe yellow, orange, and red to work on sunset if some students
Have students work quickly with the watered paint to create many different clouds in their
images by painting only sky.
Note: There are many sample images below, but you can always just spend some time looking
out the window of your classroom and discussing what you see.