Saturday, October 10, 2015

Op Art & Color Theory

Bridget Riley, Britannia, Emulsion on cardboard. 1961.

Introducing MS and Elementary students to Op(tical) Art hits a lot of notes.

To have students move into Op Art thinking, they completed these practice tasks first; 

1) Students create a design using an Octagon outline provided to them on A4 paper, using simple geometry, and color play. They are free to create, and color, using markers or colored pencils. They must use a ruler!


2) A quick Color Theory handout for students to complete, and an intro discussion and review.

3) Op Art design coloring pages, to create a design with a single pair of complementary colors, using colored pencil or marker.

Between these three tasks, show & tell students Op Art, how artists used color theory and geometry to create art, and how our eyes are limited, Can you Trust your Eyes, and the Complementary Afterimage Color eye test.

Y9 - 11 student's are given 3 choices for their final projects, each requires students to draw, and paint with tempera, either simple shapes, or to trace their hands and hand draw circles, see photo.

Y9 to Y11 Op Art exemplars

Hands and circles Op Art drawing and painting.

Hands and circles Op Art drawing and painting.
For Middle School, students are introduced to the Op Art Movement, and artists Victor Vasarely (early modern) and Bridget Riley (contemporary). The final project is an original design, or reinterpretation of another artists art work, that must demonstrate movement using color and geometry. A ppt demonstrates the under-drawing required that students must identify: simple geometry, and accurate measurements. The final painting must be done in complementary colors, 1 or 3 pairs, and painted with tempera on illustration board. The project touches on the Elements and Principles of Art for color, line, rhythm and movement.

Y12 & 13 original Op Art final assignment

Y12 & 13 original Op Art final assignment