Op Art

Student work

 

Op Art stands for "Optical Illusion" Art. Op Art artists used contrast to play tricks on the eye. Often they worked in black and white, or in contrasting colors.

Complementary (contrasting) colors -- colors opposite each other on the color wheel

 

You need:

Here's what you do:

1. Draw a design of repeating lines. The spiderweb above is an excellent op art design, but there are thousands of possibilities! See
this link for ideas.
2. Cover tables with newspaper. Paint design using alternating complementary colors, or black and white.
3. Make sure your design is painted with full-strength color. If you can see white (or light) spots, add another coat. The entire paper should be covered!
4. Don't forget to sign your work!
5. Clean up your work area. Help your friends to clean up, as well. Don't forget to wash your brushes completely.


Some op art work by famous op artist Victor Vasarely.

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