Wednesday, May 27, 2009

4th Grade, Optical Illusion Art

Optical Illusion is always a hit, and I'm always looking for a way to teach it in some way that's not too difficult. I find, that, no matter's always got some level of difficulty. You can even see in this student example that there are some errors, but you can get the general idea.

1. First, start with a 9x9 piece of paper.
2. Create a simple design with shapes. I prefer circles. I like when they go off the paper, too.
3.Use a ruler and make inch marks going down two sides of the paper (must be on the corner, or "L" of paper).
4.Connect the lines to make a grid.
5.Outline with a sharpie over ALL pencil lines (grid and shapes)
6.Pick ONE color of marker.
7.Start in a corner where there is no shape. Go every-other like a checkerboard but don't be limited by the shape of a square. Three of the hints I give are:
1. Go SLOW and THINK first
2. No two colors should be right next to eachother (side to side)
3. Colors should always be corner to corner with eachother
Go ahead...try know you want to :)


Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea to catch a elemaentary schoolers eye because not just 1,2&3 graders would like it, older kids would like it and learn a new thing in art to increase mind. Good thinking Kate and I will hopefully do this project with a child soon!

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K-Sue said...

Tried this yesterday. Love it. We plan to do some of these in homeschool art this year. Thank you!

Tisha Smith said...

Thanks for the inspiring lesson! I posted about it today:)

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