Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw an Op Art Cube and Op Art Coloring Page. A dot to dot guide is included to help students get their drawing started.
Op art, short for optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. It began in the 1960s when artists used shapes, colors and patterns to create images that tricked the eye. Now students can learn how to draw an Op Art Cube, one of the simplest forms of illusion around.
Although the term was coined and the exhibition held in the mid-1960s, most people who have studied these things agree that Victor Vasarely pioneered the movement with his 1938 painting “Zebra.”
It can also be argued that none of Op Art would have been possible without the prior Abstract and Expressionist movements. These led the way by de-emphasizing or eliminating representational subject matter.
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Op Art Cube Coloring Page
Materials for an Op Art Cube Drawing
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Step by Step Directions to Draw an Op Art Cube
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Op Art Cube Directions
- Print the template page with dots.
- Use a straight edge to connect the dots.
- Connect the dots inside with diagonal lines.
- Add dots that are centered on each line.
- Connect those dots with a straight edge.
- Erase the gray lines shown.
- Erase three more lines.
- Trace the drawing with a marker.
- Color the shapes with a light, medium, and dark shade of one color.