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Op art, also known as optical art, is used to describe some paintings and other works of art which use optical illusions.

Op art works are abstract, with many of the better known pieces made in only black and white. When the viewer looks at them, the impression is given of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping.

A true Op Art piece “teases” the eye. Straight lines may appear curved, lines wriggle, flat areas undulate. The eye is tricked into seeing things which are not so. Areas may appear to be flattened or stretched. The eye may often be unable to focus when viewing an Op Art piece.

Your piece should fit this description to truly be an Op Art piece… If it doesn’t, then it is simply a design.

You are not just creating a design!!!!!

“Just Designs” receive an “F” !!!!

I have attached some examples for you to see to give you a visual reference regarding Op Art piece. Do not copy these… they are examples only!
Measurement, exactness, neatness, being precise are all necessary for a successful Op Art piece. You will be graded on these, and your overall image.

Project steps:

1. Sketch four different ideas.

You will receive a separate grade for your ideas (approaches to design). For example - using patterns, grids, shapes, perspective, etc:

If you have a hard time starting the sketches - here is an example of how you can start.
Please, don't submit this idea as your sketch, but you can use it as a starting point:

*Start with a grid:

*Add perspective to one side (or a few), then start building the illusion of a 3-D:

Choose the best idea for the execution. You might even want to combine a few of your ideas into the final design.

2. Design construction

Use a ruler, compass, stencils, etc. to build your Op Art design.
Remember, you will be graded on neatness and preciseness!!!

3. Outlining and filling in shapes

Use Black Sharpie to create this black/white design. See me if you want to introduce an additional color.






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