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22nd June: Notan Demonstration

  • Dudley Society of Artists Dudley, West Midlands (map)

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. 

This demonstration 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!