Op Art and the Elements of Art – Art Lessons




Op Art is perfect for you if you are looking for a fun and engaging way to teach your elementary art students about the elements of art.  Op Art and the Elements of Art includes five different optical illusion lessons that incorporate the elements of art, allowing your students to learn about line, color, space, and more. 

Your students will learn how to manipulate the elements of art to create stunning works of op art. They will explore optical illusions and use contrasting colors to create eye-popping visuals.  The step-by-step instructions make it easy for you to guide your students through the creative process, even if you have no prior experience with op art.

You’ll be able to introduce your students to the elements of art in a fun and innovative way. Not only will they learn about key art concepts like color complements and converging lines, but they’ll also be able to apply these concepts to create their own stunning works of op art.


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What’s Inside:

  • Table of Contents (1 page)
  • Vocabulary Words & Definitions (2 pages)
  • Teacher Instructions (9 pages)
  • Student Illustrated Instructions (15 pages)
  • Rubrics & Labels (6 pages)
  • Coloring Pages (12 pages)
  • Contrasting Colors presentation (28 slides)
  • Contrasting Colors lesson (6 pages)

>>>>> A total of 79 pages!


The 5 Op Art Lessons:

  • Op Art Hearts
  • Op Art Hands
  • Op Art Vertical Lines
  • Op Art Converging Lines
  • Op Art Waves


Op Art and the Elements of Art includes step-by-step instructions, teacher instructions that are easy to follow (even for a sub!), and plenty of labels, rubrics, and coloring pages to make the learning experience as fun and interactive as possible.

But that’s not all! You also get vocabulary words and definitions to help your students understand the concepts they are learning. And with two presentations included, you’ll have everything you need to get started teaching right away.


You can use the Prezi to introduce the idea of Op Art to your students.

If you are interested in viewing the Prezi I created, here is a link:

Op Art Prezi

If you would like some more ideas about using the Op Art Heart lesson to teach color theory, here is my Op Art Heart Color Study Blog Post. (This would also work for the Op Art Hand lesson.)


If you’d like to see some techniques I used to add color to this lesson, take a look at the Techniques for Op Art blog post. 


This lesson includes my Contrasting Colors lesson. (This is the same packet that is for sale in my store).  Click here to see more information about this lesson:

Learning About Contrasting Colors


This lesson works well with both elementary art and older students.

Here’s what some teachers of older students said…


I used this resource as a project to gauge how well students were able to use colored pencils to shade and highlight. I teach Art 1 where students have very little knowledge and confidence in their art abilities, and this resource was a great way for students to be successful!

~ Callie D.



This was awesome for my 6th graders for my sub to do with them. It kept them engaged all week and some of them haven’t finished and ask when they get to work on it again!

~ Kira B.



Used during the final days of school with my 7th and 8th graders. Easy to print and go. Would be good to leave with substitutes or for days where you just need something easy and engaging.

~ Natalie M.


Start exploring the world of op art and the elements of art today with Op Art and the Elements of Art.



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