Explore the positive and negative shapes of a piece of fruit or a vegetable in your fridge. Your child will see the amazingly colorful results that happen when a solid color shows through a contour cut-out drawing. This is a great way to produce a beautiful image out of your old produce!
What You Do:
- Cut a piece of colored construction paper into a square.
- Measure and cut a piece of white paper so it is ¼” smaller all around than the colored paper.
- Carefully fold the white paper in half twice, so it has four squares that are the same size. Open the paper and gently flatten the creases.
- Cut your fruit or veggie in half and place one half of it under a lamp or light source so the lines and textures of the cut half can be easily seen.
- Using a pencil, lightly draw the fruit or veggie onto one quadrant of the creased white paper. Make sure to take your time to draw out all the lines that you see. For example; if you are drawing a lemon, the white lines that separate each wedge and the line of white and yellow that make up the rind of the fruit should be drawn with detail.
- Cut out the negative shapes of the drawing while leaving the positive shapes. For example; if you drew a lemon, cut around the white lines that separate the wedges and the rind. Keep the cut out shapes to the side to use them for tracing the other squares.
- Place the positive shapes that were cut from the first drawing onto the next white square. Space the shapes out to replicate the first drawing. Trace around each shape, then cut them out. Repeat this process for each white square until all four squares have the negative spaces of your fruit or veggie cut out.
- Flip the white paper over and use a glue stick to glue it down onto the center of the colored construction paper square. The negative shapes of the colored paper will show through.
- Add color with colored pencils or oil pastels on each of the squares, or add details on your fruit or veggie with a black ink pen.
Onions, bell peppers, oranges, lemons and limes work very well for this project!
Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.