Op Art: The Wonder of Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion

Victor Vasarely is considered to be the grandfather of the Op Art movement. Op Art, short for optical, focuses on creating illusions of spatial depth (making a flat surface look three dimensional). With the right combination of colors and lines, artists like Victor Vasarely have created the illusion of depth and movement in their artworks. 

To create your own work of Op Art, you will need the following materials:

  • Paper, any size
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons or oil pastels


Using your pencil, lightly draw one to four shapes on your paper. You may do more if desired, a minimum of two is recommended.

Vaserely Activity Instruction-2

Use a marker, colored pencil, crayon, or oil pastel to draw straight lines in either direction all the way across your paper. A ruler or other straight edge is recommended for this process because straight lines make the illusion successful! When the line hits your shape, curve the line up or down like a hill.


Vaserely Activity Instruction-2(1)

Continue to draw lines across your paper with different colors. Try to get your lines as close together as possible. The less visible white spaces, the better the illusion will work.

Vaserely Activity Instruction-3

As you fill your paper, the illusion will be more and more evident. Do your best to fill in any white spaces with small, shorter lines if necessary. 

Final with Supplies

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