Opt Art, or Optical Art, is a style of art that creates an illusion to trick your eyes. Opt Art can be on paper, painted on a wall, or even a street. Street artists all over the world create Opt Art, or 3-D Street Art, that people can interact with.
Edgar Muller made a large 3-D Street Artwork called: The Crevasse. What would you do if you saw a giant canyon like this on the street? Would you play in it, be afraid to go near it, or pose in a funny way?
Here’s another 3-D Street Artwork that visitors can be a part of. Look at how much fun people have pretending to be in the library!
4th & 5th graders: Julio Jimenez tells how he got started creating Optical Street Art. He started by drawing on paper, just like you!
- Where does Julio get his inspiration?
- Does his drawing look the same from ALL angles?
- What materials (or media) is he using?
How can you do that? Here’s how!
Now, it’s your turn… (photos below)
- Place your hand on the paper, spread out your fingers.
- Lightly trace your hand and wrist in pencil.
- With a marker, start by drawing a straight line across the bottom of your page that “bumps” over your wrist.
- Leave a little space and repeat your line that “bumps” over your wrist. Repeat this step as you go over your each finger. Fill your page, not just your hand.
- Color in your lines with markers: a pattern, a rainbow, anything!
- If you complete your artwork: WITH PERMISSION, you may get a drawing/ reading book and paper.