Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Negative Space Study

pencil 8"x10"

I'm teaching six separate classes this winter/spring. Six! Each one is at least 8 sessions (this doesn't include the all day workshop that I held in January). 

I enjoy teaching, and over time I've learned some methods for making it less stressful and more successful. There is nothing worse than feeling underprepared- I'm sure everyone has had that terrible dream where you find yourself in school or at an important interview and realize you forgot to wear clothes :)

So, to feel truly prepared, I always complete any exercise that I ask a student to do. In my Intermediate Drawing Class tonight, I'm asking everyone (well, telling them) to draw a still life using only the negative spaces, and above is my example. It was both relaxing and inspiring to draw this way, with no plan to try and sell it, and certainly no plan to take it very seriously.


  1. What a great way to open our eyes to the negative space! It looks like a fun exercise to try.

  2. What a great exercise. Thanks for sharing! Negative painting comes up in my watercolor classes, and this exercise might help them understand it better.

  3. That's awesome that you're teaching, Taryn! You'll get lots of inspiration from your students, hopefully. Contact me any time if you want to compare notes!


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