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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

3D Initials

Created on March 30, 2017 by Mario82

Students will create optical illusion artwork using their initials.

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1 session; 60 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create their own OP art using their initials.

1. Drawing Paper

2. Ruler

3. Markers

4. Charcoal pencil (if not available substitute with a black colored pencil or drawing pencil)

5. Blending stump (if not available substitute with a tightly rolled sheet of paper)

6. Pencil

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1. Using a pencil draw your initials in the center of the paper. Make them fat and wide because they will be filled with a checkerboard pattern in step 3.

2. With a ruler and pencil make straight vertical and horizontal lines creating a checkerboard pattern on the paper. Leave the area inside your initials empty. This will act as the background for the project.

3. Inside your initials create a checkered pattern, but with curved lines instead of straight.

4. Choose two colors. Starting with the background begin filling each square with a color, alternating between the two.

5. Next do the same to the inside of your initials using the same colors.

6. Finish the drawing off by creating a shadow. With a charcoal pencil shade around the bottom parts of your initials, blending it out with a blending stump.

7. Once done have the students sign their names on the back and turn in.

A simple fun project that can be done with minimal art supplies.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Op Art, Abstract Art

Rhythm/Pattern, Contrast, Color/Value

Colored Pencil, Charcoal, Marker, Mixed Media