This course will explore the fundamentals of composition with a focus on Notan. Notan is a Japanese compositional approach that focuses on light / dark balance and positive and negative space. An understanding of Notan is essential for mastering design and rhythm in composition. Each class will include a slideshow and discussion, followed by hands on practice. We will look at both abstract and representational compositions, and analyse them in terms of rhythm, form, balance and focal points. This course is designed to encourage your creative voice and give you the tools to express it. It is most suitable for students with some experience who wish to broaden their horizons and sharpen their skills.
Rachel Crummey is a visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing. Her work incorporates pattern, improvisation, and collage. She has worked with children in a variety of contexts and loves sharing her passion and enthusiasm for art making. She has been an artist in residence with Kulturkontakt Austria and the Salzburger Kunstverein, and was the 2015 winner of the Joseph Plaskett Foundation’s Nancy Petry Award for emerging Canadian painters. She has exhibited in Canada, London UK, Austria, and Italy. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She received her BFA from Concordia University in 2010, and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2014.
"I loved Rachel’s class and found it to be inspiring and helpful as I try to work through a bit of a creative and personal mind block. There was a good mix of time spent looking at the work of selected women abstract artists followed by well-led practical exercises that could be completed during class or worked on further. Your interest and enthusiasm was clear through all five weeks of the class and I wish there were more!” - Janine
"I thought that the class was the perfect balance—lots of interesting information about fascinating artists (most of whom were new to me), plus plenty of time to try out the new techniques ourselves. Rachel, you were an excellent guide, and your enthusiastic knowledge of art history put things in perspective and encouraged interesting discussion.” - Andie Pilot (Geneva)