By using a simple grid, design a visually stimulating distorted grid. Consider convex, concave, warping, organic, geometric, simplicity, complexity, etc. How far can you push this idea? Elements and principles of design utilized are balance, weight, unity, rhythm, repetition, shape, form, composition, and line manipulation.

Artists to research:

Victor Vasarley
Victor Vasarley, body of work
Interesting grid designs

Bridget Riley

Bridget working in her studio

OP ART (Optical Art)
YOU TUBE: Below are 3 videos relating to a group exhibit at the MOMA titled "The Responsive Eye" Odd, but interesting...
The Responsive Eye Part I
The Responsive Eye Part 2
The Responsive Eye Part 3


Sketch Pad
Tracing Paper
Graph Paper

Illustration Board 20 x 15 inches (1-2 inch boarder)
Micron Pens
All measuring tools
Exacto Knife
Rapidiographic Ink
Ink Brush


Begin your sketches with tracing paper and graph paper. Experiment with circle like shapes (these shapes can be amorphous shapes) What is an amorphous shape? having no definite form : shapeless <an amorphous cloud mass> . Imagine the shapes as three dimensional forms. Draw contour lines around each shape to emphasize an indentation or a protruding shape (concave, convex). Arrange the shapes to create a balanced or unique composition. What other concepts can you introduce into the project? Could you use a representational form as your source of shape? For example, a human head? Begin with something simple to comprehend the idea. Once you have decided on your idea plan out how to transfer the idea onto your illustration board. How large is your grid spacing? 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch? The more lines the more potential. Once you have roughed in your design, go back into the drawing and perfect each line. When you feel you are ready to Ink, outline each form with your micron pen and fill in the rest with your ink and brush. I will demonstrate in class. This project takes a considerable amount of time; plan out your working schedule.


-Are you following the concept of project?
- Does your work conceptually stimulate the viewer?
- Neatness, precision, Intelligent and crafty use of the medium.
-Originality, problem solving, developed idea
Composition (overall design)
-Are you considering basic design elements like, balance, weight, unity, rhythm, repetition, and variety.
-Does the project seem complete, developed/evolved, and well executed?







































































Below are works of Victor Vasarley: