Op Art Hearts Color Study

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Students will love this!  They can use their knowledge of color theory to make different color schemes on their op art hearts. See some tips on how to do this.

Recently, somebody asked how many different colors students should use when making the Op Art Hearts, found in one of Expressive Monkey's Op Art lesson sets.  This made me think of all the different color lessons that could be incorporated into this easy Op Art lesson.  So here are a few samples of what I mean. 



See how you can use this fun lesson to teach about color theory while making op art hearts!
After learning about contrasting colors or color complements, students could pick color complements for their Op Art Heart.  I like to encourage students to make one of the colors light and the other dark to create even more contrast.   

See how you can use this fun lesson to teach about color theory while making op art hearts!
In this example, the both the background and the heart have a pattern of monochromatic colors.  This would be a great way to practice a monochromatic color scheme.

See how you can use this fun lesson to teach about color theory while making op art hearts!
After learning about warm and cool colors, ask students to use a pattern of warm colors on the heart and cool colors in the background.  You can also use this opportunity to point out that warm color makes things appear to be closer, and cool colors make areas appear to recede.

See how you can use this fun lesson to teach about color theory while making op art hearts!
Of course, you can always just let students pick what kind of colors they want to use.  When I did this, one popular approach is using the colors of the rainbow or a color spectrum.  If you are teaching students about the color spectrum, then this could be part of the criteria for the lesson. 

So, as you can see, this simple Op Art Heart (or hand) lesson can be used to teach many different color theory lessons.  I hope you have fun incorporating some of these ideas into your lessons. 


If you are interested in more information about this lesson here is a link to the lesson in Expressive Monkey's TpT store.  The Contrasting Colors lesson is included in many of the Op Art lessons (and bundle), or it can be purchased separately.  You can take a look at all of Expressive Monkey's Op Art Lessons here.

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Students will love this!  They can use their knowledge of color theory to make different color schemes on their op art hearts. See some tips on how to do this.



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