Today in my art class I exposed them to the artist, M.C. Escher. I showed them a lot of examples of optical illusions and, of course, they were very blown away and mesmerized by what they saw! Op art is such a fun form of art for kids and it was so fun watching their little faces try to figure out what they were seeing in the artwork.
We drew some simple optical illusions today drawing/shading 3D blocks that seem to be falling apart.
They were able to get creative with their backgrounds behind the blocks drawing whatever fantasy land they could dream up. I like this interesting take on the blocks shown below. This student wanted the perspective to be looking down through the hole like it was missing floor boards. She shaded the abyss darker toward the center to give the illusion of the hole getting deeper.
The color behind the blocks really helped separate the blocks from the background giving the illusion of depth and distance.
I like the way they turned out and they seemed to be proud of them too!