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Make Lines Like Bridget Riley

Fifth Grade Painting & Drawing Activities: Make Lines Like Bridget Riley

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Bridget Riley likes to make lots and lots of lines, and was the driving artist behind the op art movement. Your child can make lines that will amaze her eyes, and learn more about the op art movement and Bridget Riley.

What You Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • White chalk

What You Do:

  1. Start by looking at artwork by Bridget Riley either online or at your local library. Talk with your child about how she uses lines to make her images almost seem to move and seem three-dimensional.
  2. Bridget Riley is an op artist, or an optical artist, which means she enjoys playing with optical illusions and dept of field affected the viewer when looking at her artworks. Her lines and shapes are carefully created to have sharp edges and defined areas of color.
  3. Invite your child to create her own line creation by using a sheet of black construction paper and piece of white chalk. She can practice making some curving lines on a sheet of scrap paper before starting.
  4. Now it’s time to get curvy! Encourage your child to work slowly and concentrate while drawing her lines, honing her fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!
  5. Encourage your child to keep making lines that are parallel to each other until she has filled her entire paper. Parallel means moving in the same direction and way without ever intersecting.
  6. Once your child is finished, hang her paper on a wall so everyone can look at it from afar and see if the lines seem to pop off the page!

Did you know: Bridget Riley’s op art paintings are very large, some almost 10 feet in size! Her goal is to move the viewer’s eye across her canvas in a parallel way, just like how people look at nature.

 

Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.

Updated on Jan 21, 2011
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