Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 4th Grade, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 4th Grade, Philadelphia, PA

Created by Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 4th Grade, Philadelphia, PA

Teacher: Mrs. Dengler

Title: Optical Illusions and My Nighttime Memories

Theme: Your Night Sky, Astronomy

Materials and techniques: Students used a few different materials and technical skills for this project…Materials included pencil, colored pencils, and construction paper. Students learned how to create Op Art, and express a vision in their mind on paper.

Did you enjoy this project? This project took many twists and turns, when initial concepts didn’t pan out, and no one was sure how it was going to turn out. However, with a little problem solving and perseverance, we were all very excited about how they turned out!

About: For this project, students learned about Op Art – or optical art, which is abstract, and often gives the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or of swelling or warping. Students learned about the innovative Op Art artist Edna Andrade and studied her painting ‘Night Sea’, that told the story of her memory of nighttime as a little girl. Students then created their own traditional and Op Art composition by drawing and coloring a favorite memory they had that took place at night, and adding a zigzag shaped piece of colored construction paper to their compositions. When four of these individual pieces are placed together in a square, they give the illusion of one cohesive artwork telling a story and also creating an optical illusion of a starburst in the center of the composition.

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