Op Art and the Elements of Art – Art Lessons




Use Op Art lessons to shows the elements of art in action!  Each op art project in this set will help students understand how to create optical illusions through step-by-step instructions.  Create striking artwork with this art activity that kids will enjoy and feel successful completing.  Each lesson shows students a different way to manipulate the elements of art (such as line and color) to create some kind of optical illusion.

What you get:

  • Table of Contents (1 page)
  • Vocab 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 are:

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

The illustrated instructions will give you the materials needed, the vocab words and the step-by-step instructions along with some tips.  I’ve included a two-page list of vocabulary words along with kid-friendly definitions. Each lesson has a label and rubric included so that your projects will be assessed and ready to hang quicker. 

2018 Update – 12 Coloring Pages

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

The Prezi can be used to introduce the idea of Op Art to your students.

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.

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.)

Contrasting Colors is also available for purchase in my store, but you get it here as part of this lesson! Learning About Contrasting Colors is a 6-page packet. (This is the same packet that is offered for sale for $4 in my store).  Click here to see more information about this lesson:

Learning About Contrasting Colors

Here are some more lessons that teach about the Elements of Art.

Here are some more lessons that teach about Op Art.


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