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8th Grade Exemplar Op Art Spirals

Objective- To create a spiraling circular illusion

A computer program was used to create a perfect 8" circle, containing 7 smaller circles, decreasing in size by exactly 1" each. Then, 4 sections of 6 divisions were to be created by rotating exactly 1/2" , 90 degree lines, 15 degrees apart. The same process was to be repeated on alternating circular layers by offsetting the beginning placement of lines. Once mastered, this step would take less than 20 minutes to complete.

Next this template was exported to Photoshop to select and color each division, repeating the pattern 4 times. Attention to detail and color usage was to be examined during the process to aid in accentuating the illusion of a circle that is spiraling in towards the center.

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NETS Technology Standards:
1- Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

4- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan, manage projects and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools.
b.plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.

Visual Art Standards:
1b. Improve the communication of their own ideas by effectively using the characteristics of contemporary art media, techniques and processes (electronic).
1c. Use different media, techniques, and processes ⎯including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and electronic- to communicate ideas and/or feelings.

Last Modified on July 3, 2014