Basic Color

Optical Art

Working in perspective using color

R. Gilvey February 13 2017



Objective: Students will learn perspective, graphing, grids using lines, color schemes and shades and tints of color to create an optical art piece in the style of Victor Vasarely.




 Op Art – A twentieth century style in which artists sought to create an impression of movement by means of optical illusion.


Optical Movement- An illusion of movement, or implied movement caused by the response of the eye to lines, shapes and colors arranged in artworks.


Teacher will:

Introduce the work of Victor Vasarely. Analyze his work by studying his overall designs. Ask questions about lines, types, direction, perspective and optical art.

Talk about materials used.

Explain process of building sketches into a final painting by creating thumbnail sketches.

Demonstrate drawing perspective and making grids and show student examples.

Demonstrate how to create spheres within the perspective drawing.

Guide students through project.


Students will:

Begin by creating 10 linear designs (line samples) with pen in a 3X5 rectangle, using all types of lines. Create 4 thumbnail sketches 5 X 7 using the following criteria:

1. create a frame of any shape  within the boundaries of your paper.

2. use perspective and a vanishing point, draw lines radiating lines from the VP to the outside edge of your frame.

3. Create a checkboard effect by filling in spaces with marker.

4. Create a design based on op art to go outside your frame on the remaining white paper.

5. Draw on a separate sheet of paper your spheres that will be cut out and placed on your design.

5. Finish the piece by adding color keeping in mind that cool colors recede and warm colors advance.