OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

MATH
Discuss symbolism and the relationships found in art and math. For example parallel lines are similar to an equal sign. The Mobius strip appears visually similar to that of an infinity sign, how many other symbols can be related?

HISTORY
The history of optical illusions can be traced back to the 5th century B.C. and the Greek philosopher Epicharmus. Create a time-line of other famous inventors of optical illusions throughout history.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Have the students write humorous prose that creates an optical illusion about an unrealistic situation. For example write about a person trying to climb a staircase in the art by MC Escher called “Relativity”.

SCIENCE
Epicharmus believed that even if our mind knows and understands everything clearly, the sensory organs deceive us and present an optical illusion. Discuss how optical illusions can play tricks on the mind.

EXTENSION
Try making a game board using an optical illusion. Use air dry clay to sculpt playing pieces in crooked shapes, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the “Crooked House” from the storybook rhyme.

Art Infused Cross Curriculum Educational Lesson Ideas – Optical Illusions

Ideas for ART INFUSED Cross Curriculum Lesson Plans

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