Exploring Positive and Negative Space with Urban Planning

Upper Elementary students continue their study of ancient art by exploring the birth of the first cities found in the region of Mesopotamia.  They were tasked with becoming Urban Planners, and combined their researched knowledge along with their own creativity to develop an ancient city plan.  I shared the book Metropolis: Ten Cities Ten Centuries with each class as they developed their plans.  This inspiring book beautifully illustrates ten cities across the world.

Students were tasked to include a ziggurat in their river front cities, while providing enough housing to accommodate a population of at least 2,500 citizens.  Mathematical calculations covered the pages of their sketchbooks as they planned their cities. Their rough drafts are then turned into a study of positive and negative space to create a final art piece depicting a birds eye view.

These art pieces are turning out beautifully and I cannot wait share them with you in our CMCS Artsonia online art gallery as they are completed.

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