Op Art Wiggle Worms
This unit was inspired by Mrs. Brown on Mrs. Brown's Art Class blog. Thanks for sharing!
Fifth graders learned about Op Art or Optical Illusion art. This unique type of art is designed to fool the eye, is often non-representational (meaning it does not need to have any meaning to it), and colors, lines and shapes are all used to create a complete effect. The designs are well thought out and planned.
Students also continued their study of using value to add a 3D effect to 2D works of art. Notice how each “worm” looks as if it is budging off the paper. Part of this illusion is created by careful use of value, or the lightness and darkness of color. Color selection was another key part of this unit. Students selected color schemes based on intended results (analogous for a smooth, mellow look, or complimentary with a neutral for a more striking vibrant effect, or a combination of both). I think the results are amazing!
MA Visual Arts Frameworks: 1.1 Use a variety of materials and media, for example, crayons, chalk, paint, clay, various kinds of papers, textiles, and yarns, and understand how to use them to produce different visual effects 2.1 For color, explore and experiment with the use of color in dry and wet media, Identify primary and secondary colors and gradations of black, white and gray in the environment and artwork Explore how color can convey mood and emotion 2.4 For shape and form, explore the use of shapes and forms in 2D and 3D works 2.6 For space and composition, explore composition by creating artwork with a center of interest, repetition, and/or balance 3.2 Create 2D and 3D expressive artwork that explores abstraction For example, a student simplifies an image by making decisions about essential colors, lines, or textures.