The Yin & Yang of Design Using Negative Painting with Kathy Constantine, September 15

The Yin & Yang of Design Using Negative Painting with Kathy Constantine, September 15



Negative painting is an intriguing, alternative approach in which the subject is established by painting around the object rather than by painting the object itself. Most painters work in the positive, typically adding one shape on top of another. In this case, we will first create images (all over the board) that will appear in the subject (person, animal, place or object) of the painting, after muting the area around it. We will selectively choose what shows completely, what shows partly and what mostly disappears. 

In this class, students will create a background using acrylic paints and a variety of mark-making tools such as:

  • Handmade stamps (will make in class)

  • Stencils (small patterns, either brought by student or the ones provided by the instructor)

  • Miscellaneous texture and mark-making tools (brought by students or the ones provided by the instructor)

  • Text on transparent tissue (some provided by instructor; others can be made in the class)

  • Gold leaf (some provided by instructor)

After completing a strong background, students will either use a template or free-form drawing to lightly sketch some forms over the background, which will finally become the foreground images, after the rest of the space (around the forms) is  push/pull painted with semi-transparent gesso and/or paint. This results in a negative painting where the subject is revealed by painting around it in silhouette fashion.

 Supply List:

 Student will bring

  • White gesso (Liquitex), clear gesso (Liquitex)

  • Titan buff acrylic paint (Golden)

  • Brushes (basic)

  • Palette knife

  • Baby wipes

  • Stencils (optional)

  • Mark making tools (if available)

  • White watercolor pencil

  • Sketching pencil

Supplies may be purchase at Quimper Mercantile, Olympic Art and Office or online at  or

NOTE: Olympic Art & Office and Quimper Mercantile offer 10% discount for PTSA students.

Materials Fee: $25, made payable to the instructor, to be paid at the start of class. Instructor will provide:

  • Cradled boards, 12 x 16 (2)

  • Extra student-grade paints

  • Materials for making stamps

  • Foam for making texture plates

  • Faber Castell Big Pens for use with stamps

  • Fixative

  • Some stencils

  • Some templates

  • Deli paper

  • Nitrile gloves

  • Gold leaf and gold leaf pen

  • Alcohol spray

  • Extra palette knives

  • Heat gun

The class hours are 9-4 with a short break for lunch

Students should bring a sack lunch and beverage

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