Notan: The Dark/Light Principle Of Design – The Art Students League

Notan: The Dark/Light Principle Of Design

Patricia Brett

Patricia Brett

Workshop Description

APRIL 27 – MAY  1
1:30– 5:00 PM
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list

Notan (dark/light in Japanese) is a guiding principle of Eastern art which focuses on the placement of light and dark elements within a composition. Embodied in the ancient symbolism of the Yin and the Yang, it recognizes the separate but equally important identity of both a shape and its background. In this workshop, we will learn the design principles of Notan and, utilizing cut paper and collage, proceed through a series of exercises to understand and apply this design tool. Painters, sculptors, and printmakers will explore this principle of composition that can help them take their work to a new level.

About the Instructor

PATRICIA BRETT works in stone, plaster, embossed prints, and ink to create works that focus equally on forms and their negative spaces. Patricia is a past recipient of the Scweinfurth Scholarship (Cleveland Museum of Art) and the Schimberg Prize (Yale School of Architecture). She has a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a BS in Architecture from Ohio State University. She taught architectural design at City College and was a graduate teaching assistant in architectural design and drawing at Yale. Her work is in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library, The Art Students League, and private collections in the US and Europe.

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