One session – one hour.
Material: one sheet of colored paper per student. pencil, scissors, glue stick.
This is a short exercise which involves tracing a contour, seeing positive and negative space, making a composition.
Draw the contour of one hand and wrist. The hand and arm has to lay very flat on the paper. Use the pencil vertical and go slowly to get the maximum details in the contour. If the pencil is slanted, the contour will be either too narrow or too wide. It can absolutely be done narrow or wide, but it will not look like the contour of your hand. With some time it is interesting to try different possibilities.
Cut the contour of the hand an wrist. There should be two pieces of paper: the hand (positive shape) and the rest of the sheet (negative shape). Put the hand on the side.
Taking the negative shape, cut along the hand and wrist. You obtain a “negative hand”. The thickness does not matter. It can be thick or thin along the shape of the hand.
Organize on the white page both shapes of the hand as you like, as you think they look the most interesting. The shapes can be cut along the edge of the composition.
When satisfied with the composition, glue both shapes.
I wish that the students find their own solutions with the space. They like to see, at the end of the session, that everybody found a different solution.