Japanese Notan

Japanese Notan

Cayla Rivas | The Feather Online

Devin Pitts, ’18, cuts out a tree he designed from a white piece of card stock, Oct. 17.

Senior Devin Pitts cuts out the Japanese Notan design that he created in Vicky Belmont‘s second period art class, Oct. 17.

A Notan, meaning light and dark balance, comes from a Japanese concept having to do with the placement of light in imagery. 

Pitts was excited to take on this new concept.

“Designing Notans was definitely new to me,” Pitts said. “It’s a challenge but at the same time it’s really fun.”

Using an X-ACTO knife, students cut out their personal design from a white piece of paper. They then glue the white cut out piece of paper to a larger piece of black paper, placing the cut out pieces opposite of the original design. 

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Cayla Rivas

Cayla Rivas, ‘18, passionately pursues motorcycle racing, art, and photography as all three exhibit an explosive intimacy that reveals her persona. As a photojournalist on The Feather for two years, she captures the heartbeat of the community. Her organic art showcases beauty in the human form. In her high school career, she received the CSPA Gold Crown award, two All American titles as a cheerleader and broke twelve land speed records through the AMA and SCTA racing divisions. Thanks to Feather advisers, Cayla advanced in photojournalistic skills and found a love for capturing people’s raw emotions through her lens. Unveiling a moment in time otherwise unseen by the rest of the world motivates her pursuit of excellence. She hopes to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and eventually become a known photographer traveling for National Geographic magazine.

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