3.1 Recognize and Apply the EOA in an Aesthetic Composition

3.1 Recognize and Apply the EOA in an Aesthetic Composition

Crystal Boganwright

Unit: Design - Positive/Negative Space
Lesson: Notan - Expanding the Square
Grade level: fifth

North Carolina Standard Course of Study:

3.1 Recognize and apply the EOA in an aesthetic composition

3.4 Use variations to create interest

3.7 Recognize the value of perceptions in the problem solving process.

5.5 recognize selected styles and characteristics of a culture

1.1 use imagination as a source for expression

Lesson Objectives:

1. To learn about Notan.

2. To learn about positive and negative space.

3. To use a simple square and all the negative cuttings to create a collage, which will inspire a mask.

4. To understand about symmetry and asymmetry, and the Principle of Design, Balance.

5. To understand the Elements of Art: Space and Shape (Positive and Negative).

Essential Understanding:

  1. Good design has a balance of light and dark.
  2. Using the Notan concept of light and dark enhances design.
  3. Craftsmanship is essential to good design.


1. PP presentation, Notan note sheet

2. White Paper, 12 x 18, Black squares cut to size 5” x5”

3. Elmer’s Glue, examples of rubric.

Lesson Segments:

Lesson Procedures:

1. Discussion of PP of Notan examples.

2. Demo of collage creation, creation of rubric.

3. Independent work on collages – students make 2.

4. Artist Statement & grading of art

Segment 1: Discussion of PP of Notan examples.

Teaching Style:

Guided Practice Use PP presentation to introduce the principle of Notan and the collage project.

Independent Practice

Assessment Method: Verbal

Segment 2: Demo of collage creation, creation of rubric.

Teaching Style:

Guided Practice

Demo collage cutting:

o Fold paper in half once (either diagonal or rectangular).

o Cut pieces out and arrange on a larger piece of white paper – ALL PIECES MUST BE USED. Discuss ways to cut smoothly and easily.

o Discuss Balance and Symmetry throughout demo.

o Give out paper clips and envelopes to save pieces – no pieces are to be glued until everything is cut and arranged.

o Next class, demo gluing, emphasis on NEAT.

After students have worked for a class period, develop rubric with students.

Independent Practice Cut collages.

Assessment Method: Rubric

Segment 3: Independent work on collages – students make at least two.

Teaching Style:

Independent Practice After rubric is made, class critique, then finish collage. Students make 2 collages, choose one to grade.

Assessment Method: Rubric and written Artist Statement

Segment 4: Artist Statement & grading of art.

Teaching Style:

Guided Practice Go over Artist Statement, it’s uses, format, organizer and rubric.

Independent Practice Students begin work on Statement in class, finish for hw, 2 days time.

Assessment Method: Rubric


NAME: / grade: / PROJECT: Notan Masks
(What was expected) / Excellent / Good / Average / Needs Improvement / Failed
Showed skill with media-craftsmanship / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1
Was organized / creative / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1
Understands pos/neg space - design concepts / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1
Effort: Took time to complete project, good use of class time. / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1
Participation: Attitude and Behavior (in class) / 5 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1
Total: 25 Points / Your score: / Point Average: / Grade: