OP ART CIRCLES
Movement in Squares, 1961
Written by: Sylvia T. Durso [Sylvia is an art educator at Taylor Career Center in Beaumont, Texas.]
Grade: high school
Students can create op art or optical illusion art based on the work of artist Bridget Riley.
Students will learn how to create optical art - art that seems to move when you look at it.
What You Need:
- pen and ink
- colored markers
What You Do:
- Find the center of the page and put the pointed end of the compass there.
- Draw the largest circle the paper will allow with the compass.
- Draw several circles inside the big circle.
- Create distortions by drawing at least three circles close together. Have at least three distortions in the picture.
- Use the protractor to mark off each half and whole degree. Mark all the way around the circle by turning the protractor upside down.
- Draw lines using pencil and ruler from the center through the mark and out to the last circle.
- Fill in the blocks created with pen and ink in checker board fashion.
- Color in white sections in a contrasting color, or leave white.
About Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley (born 24 April 1931 in Norwood, London) is an English painter who is one of the foremost proponents of Op Art. Op Art was an art movement which occurred in the 1960s. It was a time when the artist was very much interested in the idea of creating movement on a two dimensional surface by tricking the eye with a series of optical illusions.
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by: Al Seckel
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by: Dave Phillips
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