Op Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Take your instruction of op art to a higher level with this hands-on activity. Suggestions for supplementary activities and related lessons are included for deeper exploration of this topic.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'op art'
  • identify op art pieces
  • construct an op art piece


1 hour


  • Black paper
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Show the video lesson New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism to the class in its entirety.
  • After the students have watched the entire lesson, freeze the lesson at 3:17 to project the black and white checkerboard op art piece for the class.
  • Using the projected work as a model, have students use the black and white paper, glue, and scissors to create an op art piece of their own that borrows op art principles from the example.
  • Finish by completing the associated quiz as a class.


  • Take a virtual field trip to an online museum to view works of op art.
  • Ask students to select one famous op artist and conduct research to report on his or her life and significant works.

Related Lessons

Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples

Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism

Theories of Conceptual Art

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