Notans: The Study of Dark and Light


Notan is a Japanese word meaning dark and light. These Notans were created to increase the understanding  and awareness of positive (dark) and negative (light) space. Playing with positive and negative shapes creates dramatic results.

Students began with a 6×6 inch square of black paper, from there, they drew shapes (using a continuous line format) in each quadrant. Being careful not to lose any small pieces, the cut shapes were flipped onto white paper (creating a negative space on the black square and a positive space on the white paper). The process is simple but the results are nothing short of beautiful!




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