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W10-12: LT: Form and space

1. 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.

2. Write down your findings, and remember to take pictures of your progress. Submit these pictures and your write-up on your WordPress blog.

In the first picture the figure and ground is very clear. You can see that the black shapes are the figure and the white is the ground because of the black shapes arrangement.

In the second picture the figure and ground becomes more unclear because of the black shapes forming the white shapes.I found out that the closer the shapes are positioned, as well as how they are positioned, the more unclear the figure and ground becomes.