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    OPTICAL ART cubes

    (Op Art)

    Op art was an art movement that began in the mid-1960’s.

    The artists’ objectives are to create paintings that produce

    optical illusions. They combine color with abstract shapes

    and patterns to create movement. Op artists paint

    compositions that fool our eyes and sometimes make us feel


Victor Vasarely was a Hungarian born artist that lived and

    painted in France. Vasarely is considered by many to be the father, or inventor, of optical art. He created paintings that combined his knowledge of color theory with his interest in computer science. Vasarely’s goal was to create art that could be understood by everyone, not just the culturally elite.

    All of the paintings in this handout are by Vasarely. They

    are quite large in scale and all but the first one are bright in

    color. The painting at the top left of this

    handout is painted in black and white.

    COLOR is often very important in

    helping create the illusions in optical art.

    Artists play with color to manipulate the

    viewer’s eyes. Two aspects of color theory op artists use are warm/cool colors and complimentary colors.

    ; Warm colors (____________,_____________,_____________) are colors

    that pop forward in a painting.

    ; Cool colors (______________,______________,_______________) are

    colors that recede in a painting.

    ; Complimentary colors are colors that are opposite one another on the

    color wheel. When placed next to each other these colors intensify each

    other and make them appear more vibrant. Fill in the pairs of

    complimentary colors here.

    1. _______________________ & ______________________

    2. _______________________ & ______________________

    3. _______________________ & ______________________

    PROJECT: For this assignment you will be creating a 3-D op art cube. Follow

    these directions for a successful project. (Each step will be


    1. Trace the flat cube template onto your paper. Use a ruler to

    draw the folding lines.

    2. Use a compass to draw concentric circles on the crossed

    part of your flat cube.

    3. Use a ruler and compass to add pattern and design to your cube.

    Remember you want to create optical illusion. Keep your lines neat and


4. Color one side of your cube in black and white.

5. Use colored markers to color the rest of your cube.

    Use what you know about color theory to choose

    color schemes for each “face,” or side, of your cube.

    Use complimentary colors next to one another and

    use warm and cool colors together.

6. Write your name somewhere on your cube with marker.

    7. Cut out your cube. Using a ruler as a straight edge, fold up the “faces”

    and glue tabs. Use glue to neatly assemble your cube.

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