Learning Activity – Form and space
- Rearrange shapes cut out of paper, and try to find the point at which the figure disappears into the ground.
- Cut out a series of shapes from black paper – squares, rectangles, circles and random shapes – in a variety of sizes, from small to large.
- Working with a square piece of white paper, place shapes of different sizes into the white space; place them on the white one at a time and move them around.
- Try to find the point where the distinction between figure and ground becomes unclear. Does it depend on which shape dominates the space: black or white? Is it about the position of the shape within the space? Think about how important figure-ground relationships are within composition and design.
- Write down your findings, and remember to take pictures of your progress. Submit these pictures and your write-up on your WordPress blog.
This task was challenging and very fun, made me think in a different way, by working with physical shapes. By cutting out different shapes I found that at a certain point I couldn’t distinguish what was the paper and what was the figures, as in figure ground principle. Here you can see some of my progress and finished result. The finished result is the one that I think disappear into the ground.