Op Art Heart Art Techniques

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This Op Art Heart lesson is the perfect art lesson for Valentine’s Day!
See the art techniques that make these hearts really pop!

 

For the following demonstration, I used coloring sheets from my Op Art Hearts Coloring Pages.   If you’d like the instructions for drawing your own hearts the Op Art Hearts has step-by-step instructions and includes the coloring pages and writing lesson.

 

Op Art Heart Technqiue Ideas

op art bulging heart with a marker and oil pastel technique
For this lesson, I created contrast by using a dark purple marker next to light green. I made the light green by coloring with a green and blue gel crayon, then going over the crayon with water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
op art heart target with a colored pencils and textures
 
This example, using the heart target design, uses marker, colored pencil and a texture rubbing plate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
op art checkered heart with markers and a texture rubbing
 
This op art heart has a texture rubbing in each square with a marker outline to crisp edges. In addition, there is shading around the heart to make it look 3-dimensional. I achieved the shading by adding a different texture rubbing with purple and green.
 
 
 
 
 
op art crazy heart with red gel crayon, green marker and green texture rubbing
 
Notice the contrast created by using the darkness of a red gel crayon against the light green texture rubbing. The heart really pops in this example, thanks to the shading around the edge of the heart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
op art double heart with green marker, watercolor pencil, red marker and red texture rubbing
I used shading to make the heart stand out from the background. As a result, notice the two different textures layered on top of each other to create a darker background.
 
 
 
 
 
op art starburst heart with marker, watercolor pencil, and texture rubbings
 
 
 
 
wavy heart with purple marker, purple texture rubbing
 
 
 
For this demonstration, I used coloring sheets from my Op Art Hearts Coloring Pages.   If you’d like the instructions for drawing your own hearts the Op Art Hearts has step-by-step instructions and also includes the coloring pages and writing lesson.
 
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Remind yourself and others of the social and emotional benefits of art. This is a great graphic to include in parent newsletters or display in your room.

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An op-art heart with a checkered pattern filling the entire page. The checker pattern is bulging inside the heart. The heart is colored with a combination of purple marker and a light green texture rubbing. The text says, "Op Art Heart Techniques".
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Stacey Peters

Stacey Peters

I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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