Positive Negative Hearts

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Children will learn about positive and negative space with this simple Valentine’s Day art lesson.


  • To introduce students to the concept of positive and negative space
  • To give students the opportunity to practice their cutting skills
  • To create a seasonal connection

What You Need:

  • 9″x12″ pink paper
  • 9″x12″ red paper
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • colored markers

What We Did:

Students created Valentine pictures using two different colors of construction paper, and markers.

They cut out a heart shape from one sheet of paper, creating a “negative shape” and used the cut out to form a “positive shape” on the other half of the paper.

We reviewed the new vocabulary and then students decorated their Valentines in way they chose.


About the Art Teacher

Amy Brown teaches art to students from K-5. She received a Masters of Art in Teaching in 2008 and her favorite activities outside of school are gardening, photography, reading, painting, spending time with her family. Find out more at Mrs. Brown’s Art Class.

Lesson reprinted with permission.