Interns Merisa Vertti and Liglin Lopez went to Isla Vista Elementary School on Thursday, March 6th to give a workshop on Optical Art. The fourth graders of the Isla Vista Youth Project, or the after school program there, loved learning about an art style that icites the eye to think about painting in a new way. The lesson plan required the kids to get out of their seats and active to better analyze the optical illusions of Bridget Riley and other Op artists of 60s and engage with different works of art.
Their favorite presentation themes included Abstraction and the Movement. This lesson was a fun way to learn new types of shapes and patterns like concentric circles and symmetry. Along with the presentation, students were given a handout with terms to discover. They were asked to draw pictures or write familiar words to define these new terms. We also had a great discussion about what a sensation is and all the different types of sensations the kids felt from the paintings we studied.
For the remainder of the workshop, the students created their own optical illusions using pencils, markers, and paper. They were asked to apply the concepts that they had learned about this particular art style and to recreate an original design in this manner. They used patterns, geometric shapes, and artistic rhythm to create movement and illusions in their art. Some even put hidden messages in their masterpieces!