Hi all, this is a new post this week to try something new for me, and I am not sure if even what I am trying to do will work!!!! Oh well, first time for everything.
There are a few blogs I like to follow and one is frompond.blogspot.com.au On this blog there is an Art Linky, and I am going to try this for the first time today. The brief is for a Primary School based Art Lesson. I am a High School Art Teacher, but my Year 7’s have just completed this activity a few weeks ago and it could easily be adapted for any age group.
This is a lesson that comes from my Funky Fundamentals Unit of work. So below is a copy of what is in the Funky Fundamentals unit of work. ( Available on the Teachers Pay Teachers website)
Op Art, or Optical Art, is an art movement that was popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It is based around geometric shapes and the manipulation of them to create an illusion of movement. Famous artists that created artworks in this style include Aga, Albers, Anuskiewicz, Riley, Soto and Vasarely.
Bridget Riley, Blaze 1 1962
Victor Vasarely, Vega 1957
After this we look at a work by Victor Vasarely, pictured below.
Vega-Nor, Victor Vasarely 1969
Oil on canvas
Then we have a discussion based on the Super Six Strategy – Making Connections
Now the students answer these questions – just getting them used to looking critically at a piece of art.
Victor Vasarely—Art Criticism
In your Art Theory Books, use sentences to answer the following questions.
1. What is the name of the Artwork?
2. What is the name of the Artist who created the artwork?
3. In what year was the artwork created?
4. What type of artwork is it? Painting, drawing, sketch, sculpture, etc…
5. Describe the lines used in this artwork.
Create an artwork that uses as many different lines as possible in it.
Now it is their turn to make an Op Art work themselves. Below are the instructions and several student examples. This part you can make as easy or as difficult as you like. It could be linked to work being done on shapes, developing fine motor skills using a ruler, linked to colour theory, etc…
Op Art — making
Follow the steps below to create your own Op Art Illusion.
1. Divide your page into 4 sections.
2. In each section plan a design for your own Op Art work.
3. Choose at least three geometric shapes and draw them in pencil into one section of your planning page. Now draw lines that intersect those shapes. Your lines can be straight, wavy, angular. Vertical, horizontal or even radiating from one point.
4. Repeat this step three times, changing each design as you go.
5. Choose one design and redraw it onto a new piece of paper in your art books.
6. Now choose two different coloured pencils or textas and colour in your image like the ones below — each time the line intersects a new section, the colour should change. Once completed it should look like an op art checkerboard!
Hope you like the lesson, as you can see a lot of our students have added their own spin on it with texture rubbings and detailed decorative lines.
Have a great one
Julia from Jooya