The elements of dance: Part 2 Space

This resource provides the generalist classroom teacher with:

  • guidelines and ideas for developing a range of learning activities for teaching K-6 visual arts
  • teaching and learning activities that model an approach to planning a whole-school visual arts program
  • detailed making and appreciating activities in each lesson
  • advice about techniques and assessment and a glossary and references.

Below is a pdf of the resource.

Shaping ideas was published in 1997 but is currently out of print

Shape 2

You can explore the personal space (kinesphere) around your body to create new shapes.

Kinesphere - Picture 1

You can reach into this space using different parts of the body, in any direction. See what shapes you create by 'reaching' high or low leading with your knee, elbow or shoulder. How much of this space can you reach into (open shapes, positive space)? How little space can you take up (closed shapes, negative space)?

Kinesphere - Picture 2

Shapes in non-locomotor and locomotor movements When moving on the spot (non-locomotor) or across the floor (locomotor), consider the shapes that your body is making. You can apply the same explorations of personal space when you are moving. Try making different shapes while you are walking, running or leaping. How many different shapes can you make when you are jumping?

Kinesphere - Picture 2