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Op Art: Utilizing the Elements and Principles to create Optical Illusions

An introduction to OP Art and how line, shape, and value are used to create space. The artists Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely are featured.

Kirsten Whittaker

on 17 August 2018

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Transcript of Op Art: Utilizing the Elements and Principles to create Optical Illusions

Vonal-Stri - Victor Vasarely 1975 Acrylic on canvas


also known as optical art
This is the art of optical illusions. Artists create the illusion of movement and depth in space through the use of line and color.
How did Victor Vasarely use line, color and shape to create this illusion?
Victor Vasarely (Hungarian French 1906-1997)
Bridget Riley (British, 1931-)
Drift #2 (1968) by Bridget Riley
How does Bridget Riley use line and value?
Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher
(Dutch, 1898-1972)
Color, line, shape and value can all be used to trick our eyes.
They are used
to create the
illusion of space.
Convex and Concave 1955 Lithograph
Convex is something that
curves towards you.
Concave is something that
curves away from you.
What can you find in this
picture that is impossible
to make happen?
(mute the volume for this video.)
Animated Optical Illusions
Are you ready to give OP ART a try?
How is value used in this picture?
Utilize the Elements and Principles of Art we discussed to create the illusion of movement and space.
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