notan1 notan2 notan3 notan4 Notan is a Japanese word meaning the balance between dark and light. It is also an art form involving paper cutting, where one small square black sheet of paper is cut with various patterns, flipped and glued in reverse on a sheet of square white paper double in size. These artworks show the contrast between black and white, darkness and light. Students were invited to create their own abstract or realistic patters from their imagination and displayed them for a school exhibition.