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Superintendent's Artist Spotlight


By Randall Palala
Fitzgerald Elementary School, 5th grade


Optical Illusions can use color, light and patterns to create images that may be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image.

Op art, short for optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. Op artworks are abstract, with many better known pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping.

Using perspective, a method of representing the illusion of volume in three-dimensional objects and depth of space on a two dimensional surface.

Students use Atmospheric Perspective which is the use of gradations of color, overlapping, and relative degrees of detail to suggest an impression of depth.   They use linear perspective to suggested lines that converge on a vanishing point or points on the horizon or at eye level.



1.3 Learn and use appropriate vocabulary related to methods, materials, and techniques

1.4 Learn to take care of materials and tools and to use them safely

2.2 For line, explore the use of line in 2D and 3D works Identify a wide variety of types of lines in the environment and in artwork.

2.5 For pattern and symmetry, explore the use of patterns and symmetrical shapes in 2D and 3D works Identify patterns and symmetrical forms and

2.6 For space and composition, explore composition by creating artwork with a center of interest, repetition, and/or balance

2.7 For color, use and be able to identify hues, values, intermediate shades, tints, tones, complementary, analogous, and monochromatic colors

2.11 For space and composition, create unified 2D and 3D compositions that demonstrate an understanding of balance, repetition, rhythm, scale, proportion, unity, harmony, and emphasis. Create 2D compositions that give the illusion of 3D space and volume

2.14 Review systems of visualizing information and depicting space and volume, for example, scale and vanishing point, linear, atmospheric, and isometric perspective; and create works using these systems


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