What you will need:
Paper, cardboard, pencil or charcoal.
In order to truly focus, it is helpful to frame your view. Looking through a small frame cuts down the distractions, allowing you to explore the nuances of the scene in front of you.
Print out the template below and cut out the center section. You have created a frame. If you'd like it to be sturdier, glue your paper frame onto the cardboard and trim out the center and sides.
Looking through your frame, study your room, neighborhood, a photograph... anything. Do you notice more detail? Does the space or image seem different? If you are in a room, look through the doorway. Notice how the door frames what you see outside of it. What other frames can you find in your house?
Use your frame to find ten interesting details. Sketch each detail. Think about filling a whole page. Play with timing. Do the first sketch in two minutes. How much of the page did you fill? Spend five minutes a piece on the next two drawings. Does your work change when you draw more slowly?
Explore positive and negative space. Use a chair as your subject. Draw only the spaces around the chair. What does your drawing look like? The chair itself occupies "positive space." The area around it or between its legs is called "negative space." Hamrol's piece makes us aware of both the positive and negative space in the landscape around us.
What you will need:
String or cord, newspapers, fabric, other materials (branches, cardboard, bark, etc.), chalk, paint.
How do you make space come alive? Just by drawing a line on a blank piece of paper you have made this flat space come alive. How do artists represent three-dimensional space?
Create a three-dimensional web by connecting objects with string. First try it outside. Weave your string among trees, fences or other standing objects. Inside, connect doorknobs and furniture. Drape newspaper or fabric over the string to create an environment that is partially open and partially closed. Create more complexity by painting, tearing or sewing the newspaper/fabric. Add other kinds of materials. What do you need to make the piece feel private? What do you need to make the piece feel public?
How would you define a space using the chalk? Or rearrange chairs and other objects to create a sculpture. What makes a space?