Aug 17, 2010

Op Art Cubes

Thanks to Jacquelien from Kids Artists for this idea
Also the work of English Op Artist Bridget Riley (1931-).  Image: Bridget Riley, 'Descending' 1965.

As a change from my usual Op Art inspired lesson I gave this grade 5/6 class a cube net upon which they had to draw optical illusions on the six sides of the cube. Some chose to do each side the same, others did each side differently. They outlined and coloured these in mostly black and white designs although some chose to use colour.

11 comments:

  1. Those cubes are really great! I like the black and white ones. Good idea!

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  2. Where did you get a template for the cubes?

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  3. Hi Retta - I drew the cube net template myself and then made copies for the students. I think each square was 6 or 7 centimetres. I'm sure if you google 'cube net template' you'll get some if you don't want to draw your own.

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  4. Hi there... just wondering if you used regular paper for the template or a thicker paper... or cardboard?

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    1. I copied the templates onto regular paper and had them glue it onto card before cutting out.

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  5. How did you teach the other designs on the different sides of the cubes? Did they have a step by step worksheet that showed them what to do for each design? Curious!

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  6. I am curious about the instructions for the different optical illusions, too. Did you show them how to videos or step by step instructions? I have a student that really wants to know how to do the the one in the top picture, top, left cube, the design on the front of the cube. I tried to find instructions but could find any and can't figure it out myself. Thanks for any help! : )

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    1. Hi Michelle and CMae - I went through a few of the simpler designs step-by-step with the class and then helped individual students if they wanted to try the complicated ones. I didn't have instructions for any of them either, just tried to work it out by looking at the designs.
      I think the one you mean is just drawing a row of long triangles overlapped by another row of long triangles in the other direction then coloured b&w in a checkered pattern. That may or may not make sense...

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  7. How did you hang these on the wall? My class really did well and I'd like to give them a chance to see everyone's cube in a mini "showing". Any ideas? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Christina - I attached mine to a pinup board using dressmaking pins angled through a couple of corners on each cube.

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