Victor Vasarely is often referred to as the father of the Op Art movement.
Op Art (short for optical art) is a style of art that uses optical illusions.
Op Art can also be abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and color, or where different patterns emerge and overlap.
The students were fascinated by the way Op Art tricks the eye and were mezmerized by the way lines, colours and shapes were used in Vasarely’s art.
In this math meets art lesson, grade one students were challenged with creating an art piece inspired by Vasarely’s famous painting, Zebra, 1937
First, students created an optical illusion using lines made with chalk pastel for the background. Next they painted a zebra striped pattern, experimenting with thicker and thinner lines using a paintbrush.
When the stripes were dry, the students folded and cut the paper into several geometric shapes which were then arranged and glued onto the background to create a zebra.
OJCS Grade 1 students are now Op Artists!