Fifth graders learned about a Japanese art concept called a Notan. A Notan is a visual representation of the balance between light and dark. We talked about contrast and positive & negative space. Students learned how to make their own Notan designs and created two rough drafts in their sketchbook. When the sketches were done, students received a piece of black paper for their final design. Once finished with the design, they began cutting. The third day we talked about symmetry and reflection. To create the contrast between positive and negative space, students reflected their pieces over the line of symmetry (edges of square). The final designs were attached to a piece of white paper.
Students chose one of their watercolor paintings to use for their sketchbook cover. Using needle and thread, fifth graders bound pages with their painting to create a one of a kind sketchbook. Students will use these sketchbooks for future projects to create "rough drafts" or sketches. Pictures to come!