M. C. ESCHER<br/>
<em>Day and night</em> 1938 <!-- (recto) --><br />

woodcut printed in grey and black ink on Japanese paper<br />
39.9 x 67.7 cm (image and block) 45.3 x 73.7 cm (sheet)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Purchased with funds donated by Carol Sisson, Carolyn Stubbs, NGV Foundation and the Escher Appeal Donors, 2019<br />
2019.314<br />
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Nifty Nōtan

Levels 3-6

Discover the dynamic potential of positive and negative space through a technique called nōtan.

Learning objectives

  • Define and recognise the use of positive and negative space in examples of visual art
  • Apply the principles and technique of nōtan to the production of an artwork comprised of contrast
  • Develop practical skills including drawing and cutting a variety of shapes from paper and arranging them to produce a unique composition