Grade 6 Optical Illusion drawing
I was looking for a drawing activity for my grade 6 at the start of the year and found this on my pinterest board op art that I had pinned ages ago.
Thank you to We Heart Art who had a brilliant step by step procedure on their blog. It was a fantastic activity as it required few materials and soon had the students totally absorbed in their work.
I must admit to being horrified at the grade 6 students poor ruler skills so was glad to provide them with this much needed practice!
After looking at this set of samples all agreed that they would like to put themselves in the illusion, so when they were tired of ruling and colouring neatly they used their ipads to take photos of each other falling into what we all thought looked like a mysterious portal to somewhere else.
The photos were then to be emailed to me so I could have them printed off for their next art session. It was supposed to be so simple but the amount of students that did not have their email set up and running on their ipad was ridiculous. I also pointed out to the students that as they have their ipads all the time they could take their photo and send it to me any time rather than waste their art session doing this bit. A few students did this and emailed me their photos from home but most forgot about it until their next Visual Arts session.
I am certainly not the type of Visual Arts teacher that spoon feeds her students so they were responsible for getting their photo to me for printing. It became plainly obvious fairly quickly that there were lots of students who had forgotten all about getting their email settings sorted out and/or taking their photos in their own time. I absolutely refuse to fuss over students who don’t fulfill a simple requirement in a timely manner. Learning to use your one hour of art time well is part of being a responsible student but not having had this particular cohort of students for a long time ( I have taught Prep – 3 the last few years) it was clear I was going to have to spend a lot of time pushing them to become more responsible for their own learning.
They did get there in the end and all were proud of their finished pieces which made an amusing display in the main hallway!
- Fantastic activity for the start of the year
- needs little in the way of materials
- many interesting discussions about colour, shading, line etc
- students very supportive and encouraging of each others ideas
- hilarious acting in the photos
- practicing ruling lines
- practicing cutting tricky shapes
- practicing terrible colouring skills!
- Some students were incredibly sssllllooooowwwwww to get this finished!
- internet, email, etc never work when you want them to
- many beautifully drawn backgrounds without photos to finish them off due to students not taking responsibility to get this bit done
Thanks for looking and I’m sure the grade 6 students would love it if you left them a comment!