Negative Space Drawing – Middle School Visual Art – High School Art Lesson


Product Description

This negative space drawing project is great for distance learning or art in the classroom. It is excellent for middle or high school beginner artists and as a creative exercise for more advanced students.


Included in the Negative Space Drawing Lesson:

  • 7 reference images to draw from
  • Video instruction links on reference images with QR codes students can scan
  • Rubrics for easy grading.
  • Mark Making Pen and Ink Handout
  • Mark Making Practice Exercise


***This project is also included in this NEGATIVE SPACE BUNDLE which includes additional practice worksheets and resources.

The instructions say to use 9×9 paper however, this can be modified give or take a few inches based on what size paper you and your students have available to them. Drawing the ½ inch border or frame is also optional. Students can use a pen, felt tip marker, or any fine-point drawing medium.


This project is very versatile and can be modified to your own class needs. You can have students choose which image they would like to draw or you can assign specific images to students. Another fun variation is to have them draw the same image twice and fill the negative space with expressive marks on one drawing and fill in the positive space with marks on the other. Students practice hatching, cross-hatching, expressive scribbling, stippling, and their own creative marks/patterns.


Need an Easy to Follow 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 with the linked videos and are easy 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. You can find more ready-to-go, easy-to-follow, time-saving art lessons in my RESOURCE SHOP.


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Negative Space Drawing - Middle School Visual Art - High School Art Lesson

Negative Space Drawing – Middle School Visual Art – High School Art Lesson