Positive and Negative Space Textured Initials

The 5th grade students learned about textures and positive and negative space. We started out the lesson talking about texture... visual texture (drawing something that has texture). The students had to find 15 different kinds of textures through the school or outside on their way home (a little homework). The next day we drew those textures on small thumbnail boxes. The students then took these textures and applied it to their Initial drawing. The student could decorate the inner area framed by the letter and square or the outer area which included the letter. The space that was left plane became the negative space. The students were confused what the project would look like by the end, but were very happy with the end product. Nice job guys!


  1. Exactly what I was looking for to use with my 5th and 6th grades! Great idea. Thank you for sharing.


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