Art Inspiration: Optical Art With My Students


Within my practicum I have been given the great opportunity to do the Art lessons with the students. I am with an older junior grade and I did a great Optical Art lesson with them. It took about 3 weeks but the results are amazing. Below is the lesson and the steps I used to create the Optical Art with them.


Step 1

 Draw a border around the piece of paper 2 cm from the edge of the paper using a ruler. Then draw a curved line across the paper.  Like rolling hills not a roller coaster.


Step 2

 Place 8 dots across the line at different lengths apart.  Make sure you place two dots close to the edges of your borders.  Connect the dots with bumps.  The dots close to the border will go off the edge of the paper to an imaginary dot.


Step 3

Continue the bumps and eventually you will go off the top and bottom of the border.  Fill in the entire border area.


Step 4

Pick a couple of colours you feel works well together.  Press harder in the corners or edges of the bumps and as you get near the top or centre of each bump get lighter and lighter.  This way you get the illusion of  3 dimensions, highlights or hot spots and depth with the darker areas.
And that’s it.
Here are some of the students finish products. Enjoy!



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