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# OPTICAL ART cubes

By Sally Scott,2014-08-11 18:53
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OPTICAL ART cubes

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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

dizzy.

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

demonstrated!)

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

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

clean!

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.