We learned about M.C. Escher & Bridgett Riley, discussed their works, & ways they are different & similar.
I was surprised to see just how fascinated the kids were with optical illusions & op-art! I had parents stop me in the hallway & tell me how much their child loved op-art. That made me feel pretty good!
Back to the art.... 2nd graders created a basic vertical line pattern using 2 different colors of marker & had to add shapes to their paper. I found that some of them needed help creating their A/B pattern of colors, but overall they turned out very successful. I reminded all students to, "Keep coloring. Go back & color some more. Fill in all the white spaces. No really, keep coloring." Haha. I think I became a little annoying to them, but when they were one they were all very proud of their work & so was I!
First we used rulers to make our straight lines, then used tracers to make out shapes, then we outlined everything in Sharpie, & lastly we colored it all in!
For 3rd grade, we did the same thing, but we created wavy lines. We talked about baby, medium, & large waves & how they're all different. Then we added one shape that repeated outward. That was a very hard concept for a lot of them - that the shape could go off of the paper. Next year, I'll have to find a better way to describe that to the kids. Either way though, I think their work turned out amazing!