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Notan: Dark/Light Design with Sue Charles

| | December 6, 2016

  • March 22, 2017 - May 3, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Japanese concept of the notan, the dark/light design, is arguably the backbone of composition. Studying this idea reinforces the understanding that every shape—positive and negative— is essential to the whole. It is also readies artists for the quick decision making required for plein air painting. We will first work with black and white paper to create freeform and observed notans, and then concentrate on using a notan design as an acrylic underpainting for still life, landscape painting from photographs and if weather permits, outdoors. First 30 mins of first class is a slide show, last hour of last class is an appreciation session. Handouts. Supply list on registration.

Wednesday Mornings
9:30am – 12:30pm
March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26 & May 3
(no class April 19)
Members $225,  Non-members $240
All Levels Welcome
Class to be held at Byfield Community Arts Center, Byfield, MA
To download Class Page, click Notan: Dark/Light Design with Sue Charles

About the Instructor

Sue Charles, BFA Painting, Boston University College of Fine Art .  Sue has been painting for twenty years and has taught landscape painting classes since 2002. She emphasizes teaching the acquisition of observation skills—perceiving a painting as a series of abstract hierarchal relationships— and rejects formulaic approaches to painting, trusting and encouraging each artist’s original work methods and expression. Sue has won numerous awards for her paintings and is represented by the Powers Gallery, the Alpers Gallery, the Islesford Artists Gallery and the South Street Gallery. She works in studio 110 at 14 Cedar Street Studios in Amesbury, MA.





Venue Phone: 978-465-8769

Venue Website:

Central Street, Byfield, Massachusetts, United States

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