Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to create Optical illusions like art on an iPad

I decided to design  a lesson plan on how to create Optical illusions like art using the iPad using the  inquiry based teaching strategy

Subject Area: Art, Science, Technology

Intended age  level  : 11-15 years

Abstract: Through observation and discussion on Optical illusions students will make connections with color, light and patterns to create optical illusion like paintings using the iPad.

Prerequisites: Must know how to use the iPad and know how to save images from the internet onto the camera roll.  Must be familiar on how to use the Procreate app.

1.     Elements: Color, Light, Patterns, Shapes
2.     Science: Light, Optical Illusions, Patterns

Discussion questions/open-ended questions:

Ø  What do you see in this painting?
Ø  What do you think about colors and patterns in this painting?
                               Ø  What do you think you know about optical illusions?

Information about Optical Illusions
Do your eyes ever play a trick on you? Maybe you've seen something that puzzled you so much that you had to rub your eyes and look again? Chances are you may have been tricked by an optical illusion.

 Optical illusions are images or pictures that we perceive differently than they really are. Put another way, optical illusions occur when our eyes send information to our brains that tricks us into perceiving something that does not match reality.

The word “illusion” comes from the Latin word illudere, which means “to mock.”
Optical Illusions can use color, light and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image. Perception refers to the interpretation of what we take in through our eyes. Optical illusions occur because our brain is trying to interpret what we see and make sense of the world around us. Optical illusions simply trick our brains into seeing things which may or may not be real.
Interesting isn't?   Want to create your own 3D hand optical illusion? Jump right in.


Get This:
  • -- iPad loaded with Procreate App
  • -- Stylus (Optional)
  • --Hand template or you can trace your own hand on the iPad. ( I used a hand template found on Google)
  • -- And a creative spirit!  
  Try This: 

1)      Open a new canvas by clicking the “+” sign on the top right corner of procreate desktop. You will  see the default “Preset” highlighted in blue color

2)    Click on “Retina” which will open you to a new canvas. This canvas size is the same proportion as your iPad to exactly fit your screen.

3)      Once you click on the Retina it will open a new canvas.

4)     Keeping the background layer color with its default color white. Let us proceed to layer 1.

5)   Now you can either trace your hand on the canvas or use a template found on Google. I used the template found on Google. To import an image, I first saved the image from Google into my camera roll and then imported this onto Procreate.

6)     To import an image from your camera roll straight to your canvas, you first need to hit on the “wrench” icon (Actions). You will see “Import” highlighted in blue. Click on “Import Image”.

7)     The first time you use this option your iPad will ask for access to your Photos library. Once you will allow it, you will see a feed from your camera roll.

8)    Once you select your image, you can move and scale it however you like. In our case we will be selecting a hand template from the camera roll. 

9)    It will now look like this:

10)      Now open a new layer—Layer 2.   Go to brushes and then go to Inking and choose either a Technical pen or a Marker can be either colored or black.

11)     Now draw a straight line from the edge of the canvas to the edge of the outline. Next, draw a curved line over the hand, and draw another straight line to the edge of the canvas. Repeat until you have a stripey optical illusion!

12)      Your layer will now look like this

12.5)     Don’t worry if your lines are not neat looking, you can always color it later and it will be just fine. Right now just draw the lines like the picture above.

13)      Now comes the fun part, let us now open a new layer—Layer 3. Go to brushes and go to inking and choose a brush pen. You can also choose a flat marker or a round marker. Play around and see what works for you. But for this painting I used a brush pen.

14)    Go to your color palette and select 3 colors that go well together and start coloring filling in the gaps between basic lines by drawing lines in between.  You can choose your favorite colors. But always repeat the same order of colors. If it’s necessary, fill any white spots you missed.

15)  It will begin to look somewhat like this.

16)  It takes a little bit of time and patience to color, but I am sure you will be happy with your painting when you are done.

17)     Go on coloring repeating the order till the end until you are done.

18)    Stand back and enjoy your 3D Hand optical illusion painting.

   Goals for including this type of Activity:  The main objective for including this type of activity is for students to play with colors and light to create interesting optical illusions.

Challenge/ Follow up Activity: Try doing an optical illusion of your favorite character in a similar way.

o   Websites:

o   Images:

" When you stop learning, you stop growing "-- Anonymous 

Monday, April 6, 2015

City of Campbell Utility Box Art Project

Here is my entry for the City of  Campbell Utility Box Art Project Artist call. 

The painting here is an abstract interpretation of nature like plants/shrubs, leaves, flowers and rocks which we otherwise fail to  appreciate in our everyday lives. This painting also represents a thriving community flourishing with life, love and growth.

Title: A Flourishing Life

With that I will leave you with a lovely quote for you to ponder on from

" Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have" -- Unknown 



Friday, April 3, 2015

Buff - Lo and Behold !

Here is a new Zentangle  of a Buffalo that I created. Totally enjoyed tangling this one.

Title: Buff-- Lo and Behold !
Medium: Pen and Ink on watercolor paper

Thank you for hopping by and see you soon with another post.


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