Before we left for Spring Break, 7th grade students worked with the Japanese concept of light and dark harmony through paper cut and digital Notans. It was fun to see the students work with the concept in two mediums and have them compare the work and processes. Here are a few from the group, but you can find them all on our Artsonia gallery.
For the paper Notans, students used a 4x4 inch black paper and cut out shapes that would then be opened like a mirror from the side. They were asked to cut shapes from all four sides and use a glue stick to secure it to their white background.
Denver: When I was creating this piece I was thinking of fire and the way it burns thats why it has a sharp fire like edge to it. And for the smoke the circles and waves represent that. Also in this pice i added a trapezoid to show a mountain along with the mountain like shape in the circle. This makes it seem like the fire is on a mountain or something. this piece may seem like nothing at first but when you look at it more and think about it, it seems to have a story.
For the digital Notans, students were asked to use work from their Artsonia portfolio and alter it in Photoshop with the use of the lasso tool and some other editing tricks.
7th grade students explored the concepts of positive and negative space and symmetry as they created Notans with paper and digitally. You can see the full results on Artsonia.
Students started with a square sheet of paper and cut in a variety of shapes along the four sides before turning them outward and glueing it down on a contrasting sheet of paper, twice as big.
Students followed along with a tutorial I made and posted here to reimagine their works posted to Artsonia as digital Notans. Here are a few of the results:
The concept of positive and negative, additive and subtractive processes were being explored in the classroom today as students worked. 7th grade students finished their paper Notans and started on digital ones. 8th grade students worked on printmaking as they finished carving their first layer in their two-color reductions prints.
Teaching Visual Arts since 2004 and making images since picking up a crayon.