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Op Art Lines Art Lesson

Jun 01, 2021
Hey guys, how are you doing today? I want to show you how to do one of my favorite art


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are really fun and very easy to do. This is definitely a project for higher grades like like fourth grade and fifth grade and up now, depending on the age group and the grade that you use this with depends on the details and the things that you want to get out of it, so I'm going to show you in this video. two different ways to do it. This is the right way and the wrong way, so first this is on a nine by 12 sheet of paper and it actually generates a lot of cool stuff.
op art lines art lesson
You can get a lot of colors here, a lot of designs, but this will take forever and your kids. I will get tired of doing this very quickly so I would recommend doing it on a smaller sheet of paper so here I have a four and a half by six sheet of paper so making this is very easy and you don't need a lot of materials. all you'll need is a pencil, a permanent marker, and some colored pencils. Now when you do this, you always want to start with pencil when you do this, especially with kids, just to save some time so I can show it to you.
op art lines art lesson

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Guys, a little faster. I'm going to do this with permanent marker, so let me show you how you want to start with this. The first thing is to start by drawing a wavy line down the center and then put about seven points here now this is what you want to do this is what you don't want to do you don't want your kids to go and make a really crazy line like this because it's going to be very difficult to work with and you also don't want them to put ten million points very close together and you also don't want the points to be very very far from each other.
op art lines art lesson
Now there are two different ways to do this, so one way is to start at the end of the paper and you just draw a curved line from point to point, so when doing this, I would start at the end and draw a line from point two points. like this one, it's almost like you are drawing the lines of a bouncing ball and you can continue with this until the end, all you have to do is keep drawing from point two and this will definitely give you a nice pattern, it will definitely look cool and this just starts to come into its own and these shapes are going all over the place now, one thing to keep in mind is when you do this while I'm drawing this line instead of going all the way to the point, I'm just going to this empty space right here , so I'm going to draw right up to here and then come back up.
op art lines art lesson
The reason you only want to draw in these empty spaces is because if you start taking the lines all the way to the point, I get some really ugly lines, so if I drew it like this with dots close together, I would have all these little shapes everywhere, then you would get these very far apart like this and it just doesn't work very well. Well now that I'm drawing these, if I don't follow the instructions and start drawing up to the point each time, what I'm going to do is get some really ugly lines, especially as I get higher and higher, so when I start drawing , you're going to start to get these really crazy lines here if you draw to the point and you're going to start running off really fast and a lot of times if the kids don't take their time, they're going to start overlapping things like this and it's not going to look good, so definitely You don't want to see that.
Now you will see something else. I'm going to turn to something else. Let's look at this, let's say your kids are drawing it pretty well, they've got it down and then sometimes you might start to see this happen, so they do the first couple rows right, then they start doing this, no You don't touch the line and then they just get these floating lines. If you leave space here, it doesn't look good, it just starts to look like scales, so you want to make sure that all of these are connected. Another thing. You'll see, you'll see kids that will start drawing them right towards the other mound and they'll start making like these hills.
You definitely don't want that either because that defeats the whole purpose of the line. Those are some things to keep in mind when you guys do this. Now let's get back to this so you can continue going from space to space and it works fine. Now you can also be more creative with this, so let's say. You can each do each line individually, so let's say I'm going to start here, so what I'm going to do is start drawing some individual lines here, when I draw them, I start at the line that I previously drew and then go up and down.
Now let's say I want to make this line skew to the left, so I'll draw a bulge that starts to the left like this and then I'll keep drawing. these now, if I want them to get smaller, I'm going to start making smaller and smaller bumps on these and bring them up to the top of the paper, now I can also make these things run. against each other, I can run it on that one and be done with it or I could even bring it back here. I just draw a little bump and then continue drawing exactly the same way, now you can do things like this too.
Make these very small and then you can start making them bigger. If I want to make them bigger, I'll slowly start to make this get wider and wider, it almost looks like a tornado shape and you can take it all the way. to the edge of your paper. I always like to do this individually because that way it gives me more control and I can create my own lines and make them look really interesting. Sometimes you'll end up with these little gaps here. and that's totally fine because all you have to do is this right here.
I'm going to draw a little bump and then I'm going to keep drawing these bumps and what I do is I draw from one line to the next. so I'm going to keep drawing them like this, so there are so many different ways that you guys can do this. It's all about being creative and it's always great to see what the kids do with these when they start making them, so I'm going to fast forward this and fill in my role with the rest of these. Now when I'm done with this side, I'll just turn it over and then do the same thing here.
Okay, so there. See, this is how you draw them. Now you can see why I stuck with a small piece of paper because the bigger the paper, the more lines and you don't realize how many lines you're actually drawing until you really dive into it. So the next step is to color them. Now when you color, you want to use colored pencils. I've seen people use markers, paint, and crayons, but you already know what crayons work best for your kids, so what I always tell kids. Do you always want to make sure you color in a pattern?
So you can do two colors. You can do three. Four. You can make a rainbow. You can do whatever you want. But you must have at least two colors. Now when you color these it's all about shading so this is a great


to practice some shading so let's say I'm going to do red and blue so when they shade them I'll shade them when they're bigger once that they can see them. when you shade them you want to start dark in the corners like this then you just want to lighten them a little bit don't press as hard and then you just leave the center white and that's all you have to do so just start dark in the corners and then you slowly get lighter as you go and then you just leave the white center like that, then you continue with your pattern, so you go from dark to light and then you leave the white center very dark. to highlight and then leave the center white like this and you want to try to line up all your little white reflection lines, so do this over and over again.
Now many people you know like to stick with a couple of colors. Some people like to do a bunch of them, it's whatever you want to do, however you want your class to work on this. Now you can do it side to side and you can also color up and down. Now I will say when you color. up and down is a little bit faster, so when I do this when I color up and down it's a little bit faster, but since you're coloring up and down it doesn't give the same rounded effect as this. If you do, it's totally up to you how you want your kids to color and let's be honest, you know it's going to be impossible to keep them all coloring in the same direction, so do it however you want, but definitely give it a try.
They make them do it like this a few times so they can practice it and then the cool thing is that you can add all kinds of different patterns in here. You have to be careful, sometimes kids will want one color like the entire line. one color or they'll start trying to color two at once, you know, just make sure they stick with two different colors and just work with a pattern or like I said before, you can do more than two. colors, so there you have it, this is how you create your separate lines. I'm going to fast forward and start coloring this and there you have it, there's your op-art line lesson like I said, this is a really fun project, especially for the older grades, definitely. keep it kind of like 4th grade, 5th grade and really challenge them, you know, try to get them to try some different shading techniques, follow patterns, do different things, this is a really cool project and like I said, definitely remember to keep it simple.
Keep the paper small and if you follow some of those little steps and be careful with some of those little mistakes, you can have a really cool art project, so thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed it.

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