11th-15th July: NOTAN: THE ART OF LIGHT AND DARK


  • The Marlborough College Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1PA UK

Spread over 5 mornings at the beautiful Marlborough College Summer School, this course will give you an insight into the principles of designing images with values in mind.

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white!

 ‘Notan’ is a Japanese word used to describe the balance of light and shade in a painting. Although most of us are unaware of it, the pattern of light and dark in a picture is the single most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork.  Through a series of exercises and demonstrations we will learn how to design successful pictures every time.

This workshop is a real must for anyone looking to improve their understanding of how to make a picture feel balanced, interesting and memorable.

Using ‘notan’ you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just 2 minutes!