Sometimes things are not always what they seem. Art that creates visual illusions is termed Op Art. The artist uses abstract shapes and colours to create images that appear to be moving. Although they are two dimensional, the artwork itself looks three dimensional when viewed because of the way that colour and shape have been put together.


Create some optical illusions by using cardboard templates. You can either cut your own template or use a pre-cut one. Using a felt tip pen draw along the line of the template, then move the template slightly and do the same again. Keep going. By moving the template up or down, you will create an illusion of movement. An example of this can be seen in Bridget Riley’s ‘Over’.


  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Coloured felt tip pens (neon colours are good)

Artist Inspiration: Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, Anni Albers