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  • This slide would be up when students come in the room, I like to have my presentation up and running before my students arrive. Once attendance is done and we are settled in I begin. I like to use a remote for my presentations, so that I can move about the room and keep tabs on behavior. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This is the type of presentation I would do to introduce a new artistic style to my students. I use a laptop and projector to display images on my dry-erase board. The only time I use a screen is if there seems to be a lot of glare coming from the board. The benefit of using this arrangement is that I can project an image and then draw right on the projected image to make my point. Students can then clearly see what part of the picture I’m referring to. Another benefit to this strategy is that I can draw my comments and then turn on the lights to focus on what I have drawn. For example, I can project an image of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, draw lines over the swirls in the sky to emphasize his use of movement and then view the marker lines without the projected image. It really helps illustrate abstract art concepts. PowerPoint fits my teaching style perfectly. It allows me to organize my presentations so that they are consistent from class to class. I know each class is getting the same information. This saves me time, since I don’t have to re-teach concepts because I forgot to mention them the first time around. When I was a traveling art teacher, PowerPoint was extremely helpful since I didn’t always have the same resource materials or even the same room each week in my buildings, let alone prep time. When I used PowerPoint each group was able to receive the same information, regardless of setting or supplies. What’s more, I have the whole Internet to draw images from. I can hop on, pull up 3 or 4 examples of an artists work, place them in slides with informative text and I’m ready to go. That flexibility is wonderful when you have a group that needs a mini lesson to clarify a particular concept. I do have to admit however, that my love of PowerPoint all comes from the possibility of getting to see artwork BIG. I use postcards, prints, even posters for resources, but nothing in the classroom compares to seeing the work of a master artist projected. Take Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting of Poppies for instance; seeing it life size and in blazing color is amazing!. Projected artwork can almost capture the beauty of the real thing. Many of my students will never visit a big museum. This maybe there only chance to experience the visual impact art can have. I use PowerPoint as more than a tool to keep me organized; I use it to help my students connect with artists and their artwork.
  • Frequently, before we start a presentation like this, I would have a slide with our vocabulary words and definitions on them. In our sketchbooks we keep a running list of vocabulary words. The students copy down the definitions on the vocabulary sheet. I also include a sketching area next to the definition space, so that they can sketch pictures to help them remember the definition. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Notes to presenter: I we have covered perspective already, remember to make comparisons to tie in to prior knowledge.
  • I do use these spaces for notes, however I’ve found it to be really useful to keep track of my web sites that I might have used in the slide. That way I remember were to go if I want more information on an image or if I need to cite it as a resource. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trompe_l'oeil Good information on this style on wikipedia
  • Notes to presenter: Mention that popularity of Bev’s work, number one print artist. Uses Native American themes especially pinto horses. Also a good time to remind students that our Artist Research Project is coming up and if they see and artist they like here, keep it in mind to use for their presentation.
  • http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.smart-kit.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/yellow-blue-dot-illusion.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.smart-kit.com/scategory/optical-illusions/&usg=__M_W5nkzqNGORIPSt9yHd3pYIVm8=&h=403&w=400&sz=51&hl=en&start=7&um=1&tbnid=97FH9OyHVJsJWM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=123&prev=/images%3Fq%3Doptical%2Billusions%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN
  • There were several good images on this site: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.optical-illusions.in/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/face_or_hands_optical_illusions.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.optical-illusions.in/&usg=__KqeUSzcJ3bb-0Yurs6Kui6i9Ex0=&h=406&w=372&sz=17&hl=en&start=18&um=1&tbnid=M9C6AtDOATpZJM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=114&prev=/images%3Fq%3Doptical%2Billusion%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG
  • Notes to presenter: Ask: what is the illusion here? The horizontal lines are straight. Good time to mention :”if you don’t like to draw, maybe computer art is your thing. Several of the images we are going to see in this presentation were completely created by computer software.
  • Notes to presenter: Use of complementary colors and the size of the dots really add to the illusion here
  • Notes to presenter: “If these illusions are not working for you from where you are sitting, don’t panic. It could be you are too far away or at the wrong angle. They work a little differently for everyone. Once we begin working, I can go back to a slide for you to try up close.”
  • Notes to presenter: “Does anyone remember seeing these in some TV commercials?”
  • Notes to presenter: http://www.mcescher.com/ This site has a few movies of his impossible works, might use as extension in the future.
  • http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.optical-illusions.in/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/face_or_hands_optical_illusions.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.optical-illusions.in/&usg=__KqeUSzcJ3bb-0Yurs6Kui6i9Ex0=&h=406&w=372&sz=17&hl=en&start=18&um=1&tbnid=M9C6AtDOATpZJM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=114&prev=/images%3Fq%3Doptical%2Billusion%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG
  • http://www.sandlotscience.com/Guided_Tours/Tour1/Tour_4.htm
  • From here, I would insert a slide with specific directions to tie in the introduction information to the details of the assignment. Notes to presenter: Make sure you have Internet connection for spiral web site link to work


  • 1. Please sit down We will begin in just a moment
  • 2.
    • Optical illusion
    • Art that tricks the eye
    • Many different types
    Op Art
  • 3.
    • Creates the illusion of depth on a flat surface
    Like Magic!
  • 4. Where's he going? Dates back to ancient Rome Eventually called: Trompe-L’-oeil which is French for “trick the eye” Pere Borrell del Caso
  • 5.
    • Organization of:
    • shapes
    • Colors
    • Patterns
    • Using everyday objects
    • Placement within the picture
    How do they do that? Artwork by Bev Doolittle
  • 6.
    • As we go through the artwork on the following slides, try to figure out what technique the artist used to create their illusion.
    Let's look at some artwork
  • 7. Vasarely Victor
  • 8.  
  • 9. Giussepe Arcimboldo Uses ordinary objects in a new way
  • 10. Artist Unknown Uses ordinary objects in a new way
  • 11. Computer Generated Illusions
  • 12. Another Example
  • 13.  
  • 14. Clever Paintings What are these animals painted on?
  • 15. M.C. Escher Tessellations 2D to 3D Imaginary Worlds
  • 16.  
  • 17. Julian Beevers Chalk Drawings
  • 18. After Image Stare at the picture and count to 20 slowly then look in a blank area, blinking a few times.
  • 19.
    • Stare at the center of the spiral
    • Try not to blink
    • Count to 20, slowly
    • Then look at an object that is not moving, like the back of your hand, or your neighbors face.
    • http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/mot_adaptSpiral/index.html
    Spiral Illusion