Q3W20-24Jan13-Feb13 3rd

TeacherLinda Brush
Subject AreaElementary Art
Grade Level3
Week #20-24
Unit of InstructionOp Art/Spheres;Artist Study, Value, Shape, Line,Space, Form, Movement, Rhythm
Standard(s) Taught


  • I can reflect on and interpret works of art, using observation skills, prior knowledge, and experience. VA.3.C.1.2
  • I can tell how what I learn in art can help in other subject areas.  VA.3.H.3.1
  • I can identify places where artists or designers have made an impact on the community.  VA.3.F.2.1 
  • I can use art vocabulary correctly.  VA.3.S.1.4
  • I can use materials, tools, and processes to make 2-D and 3-D artwork.  VA.3.S.3.1 
  • I can develop craftsmanship skills by practicing.  VA.3.S.3.2 
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will:
• Learn about the artist Bridget Riley, and her work that helped bring about the Op-Art movement.
• Learn about Op-Art.
• Understand how geometric shapes and patterns can create optical illusions of movement and/or dimension.
• Learn how to create different values with a pencil to make their circles appear to be 3D spheres.


Classroom Activities

Riley (1931-present) is
a British artist known for bringing about the Op Art movement. Op Art is a style of visual art that uses precise patterns and color to create optical illusions. Op art works are abstract, with many better known pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping. After learning about Bridget Rily and the Op Art movement, students will create
an Op Art  background of their choosing.  They will either paint their background or use Sharpies.

We will discuss how applying different amounts of pressure to their pencils can create different VALUE and how the different VALUES can make their circle appear 3D in the form of a sphere. Student will then apply color to their spheres with a crayon and glue to their background in order of size to create the illusion of depth.

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