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Notan

As a guiding principle of Eastern art and design, Notan (a Japanese word
meaning dark-light) focuses on the interaction between positive and negative
space. In composition, it recognizes the separate but equally important identity
of both a shape and its background.*

Seventh and Eighth grade students created Notan designs using an exercise
known as the Expansion of the Square. The goal was to create a composition
where both positive and negative spaces are made interesting. Balance was
also emphasized by using either asymmetrical or symmetrical methods.

Medium: Cut paper.
*Taken from the book Notan: The dark-light principle of design.

                      
Rachel T.                                                                                            Manny F.

 

                  
Katelyn S.                                                                       Ross B.

                     
Natash F.R.                                                                                        A.J. D.