Op Art is a math-themed form of abstract art, which uses repetition of simple forms and colors to create optical effects.


  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil crayons


  1. The students make a dot somewhere near the middle of the paper. They draw four or five sets of wavy “triangle” shapes radiating outward. The shapes need to be done in pairs for the coloring to work out correctly.
  2. Students draw lines in every other “triangle” group that all curve outward.
  3. Next they connect all the curved lines with lines that are straight as possible.
  4. Pencil crayons work best for coloring. To enhance the pattern that has been drawn, the students are to choose two warm or cool colors for all the curved lines. To finish, they use two other colors to fill in all the straight lines. The result is an image that has a dimensional look. This art always reminds me of Dr. Seuss for some reason.