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Notan Cut Paper Designs: Third Grade

I have several art lessons that I did not post about yet from this past school year, so look forward to a few more art project ideas this summer.  This lesson is fairly simple to prepare for and teach.  “Notan” is the term used by the Japanese to mean “light/dark” space.  We can also learn about positive/negative space through Notan designs.  My third graders studied Asia this year in their Social Studies class, so this was a nice tie-in.

To prepare for this project, cut squares of paper which will be cut apart.  You will also need a white background paper, much larger than the squares.  View this video on Youtube for step-by-step directions to cut your Notan design.Notan Designs 2 Notan Designs 3

This one with its animal shapes is very clever!

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Notan Paper Designs

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

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