New Art On Artsonia

Long after our in-house art show is over, our online gallery continues to display new artwork. Today, three new projects have been uploaded to Artsonia.


For this project, students divided the 2 dimensional paper plane of a still life using an abstraction technique called Contour Continuation. Once divided, they filled the positive space with warm or cool colors and the negative space with the opposite family of colors. These are painted with watercolor. The abstraction gallery is at this link.

Sadie Moore: Artist Statement (what Sadie2875 said this about his/her artwork)
I used water color, pencil, and sharpie to create my drawing. The color difference between my negative and positive space is, for the positive space I used warm colors like red,orange,yellow,and pink and in the nagative space I used cool colors like purple,blue,and green. You can tell the negative and positive space apart because the are the oppisite color from each other and also because the cooler colors are darker and fit for the negative space. A different shape I would use is a triangle because I think it will look really pretty, what I would to differently is subtract some lines because I had to many lines. I really liked painting with water colors because it was easier to wash off or change mistakes because there are very lite colors.

Digital Abstraction:

Once the watercolor abstractions were complete, some students had a chance to extend their learning to create artwork on their iPad using the same technique for abstraction, and incorporating layers, outlining, and flood fill in the Sketchbook Express app. The Digital Abstraction gallery can be found here.

Tia Wright – Artist Statement (what Tia1091 said this about his/her artwork) In my opinion, the digital one was easier to make than the watercolor one. You could get more colors, and easier shapes/lines. Although this is true, watercolor was more fun because painting is more fun than just tapping to fill.


Fifth grade students have been working with Abstraction as well, using a technique called “Painting with Scissors”, which is a term coined by artist Henri Matisse (there is an amazing show of Matisse work at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts right now). We also explored the Japanese concept of Notan, which is the dynamic of Light and Dark (opposites, contrasts, etc) and positive space and negative space with this project. Students used scissors to cut both organic and geometric shapes out of paper and then glued the base on sheet of paper in a complementary color. The pieces that had been cut out were then flipped rather than turned or slid and placed around the perimeter of the base shape. This project is a great way to reinforce math concepts as well as make dazzling art.

Once the four required compositions were finished, students used the Pic Collage app on their iPads to create a four-square collage. This was saved to the camera roll and uploaded to Artsonia. The Notan gallery can be found at this link.

Andrew Lindquist – Artist Statement (what Andrew33482 said this about his/her artwork)
Notan is a Japanese art. Complementary Colors- Purple and Yellow, Green and Red, Black and White, and Orange and Blue. Why I used complementary colors- I used complementary colors because they created great colors and patterns. Process of cutting my shapes- I first folded the piece of paper into fourths and then I cut out a geometric or an organic shape in each fourth. It was difficult to line the shapes up exactly the opposite of the cut-out, but every other step was fun and easy! What I would do if I did it again- If I did it again I would try more, and more complex patterns and cut-outs

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