OP Art—Victor Vasarely

Grade: 4th grade

1. Anticipatory Set:

Day 1:

• Video clip of Victor Vasarely artwork

Day 2:

• Review of op art—art that looks 3D but really is 2D. Tables called to gather around demonstration table.

Day 3:

• Show examples from yesterday—we started adding color.

• Review cool colors are: blue purple and green—back on the page. Warm colors are: red, orange, yellow—come forward on the page. When you put a cool color next to a warm color, your eye automatically goes to it.

• Goal for today is to get background colored. Color neatly—trace around box then color in.

Day 4:

• Call one table at a time to sit around demonstration table.

2. Objectives/Purpose:

• Students will be able to recognize Op art and Victor Vasarely artwork.

• Students will show their understanding of warm and cool colors by using one of each in the background and also in the pop-outs of their optical illusion art piece.

• Students will demonstrate ability to use a compass by creating small to large circles on background piece.

3. Materials:


Square paper



Large, medium, small circle stencils

Heavy paper for circles

4. Standards:

• Visual Arts 3: Students know and apply visual arts materials, tools, techniques, and processes.

• Visual Arts 2: Students relate the visual arts to various historical and cultural traditions.

5. Providing input (info needed to get started):

Day 1:

• How to use a compass.

• Victor Vasarely

• Op Art

Day 2:

• Warm vs. cool colors.

• Victor Vasarely used color to make shapes look like they recede.

Day 3:

• Warm vs. cool colors

Day 4:

• Spheres—Use stencils, trace onto heavier paper because they are going to pop off the page. Show how to trace, hold, and push down so it doesn’t move. Trace all three on each page.

• Make a shape of a banana—you don’t want it to look flat. Curve of actual sphere. On the other side draw another banana. Then draw a curved line in the middle. Turn around, draw a banana, and draw another one.

• Now take warm and cool colors. Mark squares. One warm, one cool.

6. Modeling (showing how):

Day 1:

• Show how to use compass

• Draw lightly

Day 2:

• Show how to color background. Color—colors that pop forward vs. recede. Neatness is really important in this style with coloring in.

• Have a student pick out/ divide warm colors from cool colors.

• Show how to create pattern—like a soccer ball. It’s like weaving.

• Draw lightly so you can erase.

Day 3:

• Work day—just review

Day 4:

• Show how to make spheres.

7. Checking for understanding:

Ask students that you can tell weren’t paying attention if they know what to do.

8. Guided practice (students practice, you coach):

• Hand back artwork and give suggestions as you hand them back.

• Walk around and give help as needed.

9. Independent Practice (students on their own):

Students work on their optical illusion art piece on their own.

10. Accommodations/Modifications:

Can use ruler instead of compass and make a square illusion rather than a circular one. Or they don't need to use a compass/ruler and draw squiggly lines.

11. Closure:

Ask questions and give out Paws.

• Which color is a warm color and which is a cool color?

• What is the name of the artist who invented op art?

• Another name for Op art is?

• Name the three dimensions?

• Another name for a circle? Sphere

• What are the three warm colors, and the appear to do what on the page?

• What are the cool colors?

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