Negative Space Drawing and Color Theory Worksheets – Middle School Art Lesson



These drawing negative space art worksheets are great for introducing positive and negative space and color theory to your middle or high school art students. They make a great early finisher art activity, substitute lesson plan, or skill builder lesson to introduce any drawing unit.


There are 8 worksheets that focus on how to see and draw positive and negative space and how to use an analogous or complementary color scheme to create contrast and or mood. They are perfect for building student confidence in drawing as the images are very simple so that students do not get distracted by details and can focus on drawing the larger shapes and refining their work.


You can have students complete multiple images using different color combinations or have them choose just one. I like to have students experiment with layering light-colored markers and colored pencils to get rich deep colors and get used to the layering technique. These are a great introduction to layering as there is no pressure to achieve realism and students can really experiment without fear of messing up.


Need an Easy to Follow One-Day Activity or Art Sub Plan?

The included worksheets work great as sub plans, and early finisher assignments, for students on home instruction or in ISS. They are easy to follow for substitute teachers or self-directed learning when the art teacher is unavailable.


All of my lessons can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform and are formatted to work for distance learning or in the classroom. They are designed to save you time and help your students access the tutorials, presentations, videos, or worksheets as easily as possible.


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