Notan

Essential Question(s):

1. What is notan?

2. What positive and negative space?

3. What is contrast?

 Mastery Objective(s): The student will…

1. create a complex design using positive and negative space.


“Notan” is the term used by the Japanese to express “light-dark” as an element of design. In our classroom and curriculum, this is referred to as “positive and negative” space and CONTRAST!

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REQUIREMENTS:

  1. MUST clearly EXPRESS an idea, emotion or experience to the viewer
  2. 4 thumbnails
    • 2 thumbnails with ABSTRACT and/or NON-OBJECTIVE designs
    • 2 thumbnails with LANDSCAPE and/or NARRATIVE designs
  3. Use a minimum of 2 different colors or textures of paper
  4. MUST have CONTRAST of
    • color or
    • value and/or
    • texture
    • shape
  5. MUST be COMPLEX – challenging for you!
  6. MUST have impeccable CRAFTSMANSHIP with cutting and glueing

STEP No.1: make a plan

  1. Draw 2 squares (stencil/template provided by teacher) in center of sketchbook page
  2. Split both squares with 2 light, dotted lines down the center vertically and horizontally creating 4 quadrants in each square
  3. Draw your designs lightly with pencil inside the square
    • remember your notan design must start and stop on the same side! *see below for visual
  4. Check with teacher to make sure you are on track, then start your next 2 thumbnails on the page next to those 2! *should be a 2-page spread, so you can see all 4 at once!
  • 4 thumbnails TOTAL
    • 2 thumbnails with ABSTRACT and/or NON-OBJECTIVE designs
    • 2 thumbnails with LANDSCAPE and/or NARRATIVE designs
  • IF YOU ARE STUCK with ideas, brainstorm with a list (for example):
    • sea life
    • films
    • happiness
    • mechanical/man-made
    • identity
    • tropical
    • stormy

STEP No. 2: finalize your design

  • how are your going to arrange your notan in the final composition?
  • think about using different textures or patterns on paper versus only color

notan 5

  • think about combining 2 of your thumbnails for a single composition…

notan 1  notan 2

notan 4                   notan 3

  • think about using different textures or patterns on paper versus only color
  • how are your going to arrange your notan in the final composition?

notan 5

 

 

 


TECHNIQUE HINTS:

Glue down the small pieces as you work around the square, but leave the center piece to be glued down until the very end. No loose pieces to be lost and it will help you work
more systematically.

Remember:

  1. Make sure your Notan design starts and stops on the same side…see pic below.notan handout pg 2
  2. You will have to cut every line you draw; so be sure you can cut the design out.
  3. Practice at least once before I give you the construction paper.
  4. This is a 2-D Design sketchbook assignment, so CRAFTSMANSHIP is huge. Cut edges are clean, paper is clean, and all areas are glued down well.

***NOTE: The design above is too simple (the one above is an example for 3-5th grade). Design should be complex to show your skill level. Be creative with content as well. – Maybe have it be meaningful to you personally?

Samples: