Negative Space Watercolor – Middle School Art – High School Visual Art Project



This negative space art lesson is perfect for middle or high school art classes and is great for distance learning or as an in-classroom project. Learning to see and be aware of negative space is a fundamental skill that takes practice in learning how to draw. This is a fun and expressive way to get used to looking both at the positive and negative space when drawing.

The reference images contain links to the video demonstrations showing how to complete the project. Students love this project and will have so much fun learning about complementary color schemes using watercolor and oil pastel to fill in the negative spaces of their drawings.


This art lesson is a HUGE TIMESAVER! All the prep and planning is done for you. This art activity is packaged to be versatile and easy to deliver in any teaching situation.


This art project contains the following materials:

37 slide slideshow

20 reference images to draw from

video demonstration

Handout with QR code linking to video

Practice worksheet


Teacher instructions


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