Mitchell Albala - The Power of Notan - Understanding the Ultimate Compositional Study (Online Class Recording)

Date recorded: Friday, October 1, 2021
Medium: All

The notan is a bit mysterious. It has an exotic name and is often misinterpreted as a value study — which it is not. In this concise introduction to notan (which is not just for landscape painters!), Mitchell will demonstrate the contemporary approach to notan — which positions it as a type of compositional study that is uniquely suited to revealing the foundational shapes that drive a composition. You’ll learn about the “strict” form of notan, which uses only black and white; and the “liberal” form, which uses an additional gray mid-tone. Mitchell will show you how to do notan thumbnails from life and from photographs, so you can starting using the notan right now.

Mitchell Albala is a highly respected painter, workshop instructor, and author. His semi-abstract and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited nationally and are represented in corporate and private collections. He leads painting workshops in the U.S. and has offered plein air adventures in Italy. He is the author of two books: Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009), which has been the best selling landscape painting book in the nation for 10 years; and The Landscape Painter’s Workbook: Essential Studies in Shape, Composition, and Color (Rockport Publishers, 2021). Mitchell has also lectured on Impressionism and landscape painting at the Seattle Art Museum, and written for “International Artist” and “Artists & Illustrators” magazines. He hosts a popular painting blog, which can be found at his website:

$40.00 for 1 month

About Our Past Technique Takeaways:

Discover specific art techniques that you can ‘take away’ from some of your favorite artists and apply to your own work. This one and a half hour recorded presentation will showcase a process that the artist incorporates in their daily art practice.  Instruction will be through a combination of lecture and demonstration. 

You’ll be able watch the recording as many times as you would like for one month. 

A link to the Class Group page, where you will find the recording, will be included in your purchase confirmation and on your purchase confirmation email.  You must be signed in to your Winslow Art Center account to access the recording. (There is no Zoom link for this event as it has already taken place)