Challenge Two

Art Challenge Two

Name: Same, same but different


Aim/Overview: This task asks you to select content or concept or theme to focus on, to then find three examples of visual arts works that have represented that concept or concept. You will then identify different techniques and approaches used and then experiment yourself with the content in three ways. 

Year Level: 

Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions (ACAVAM114)

Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)

Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)

Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks (ACAVAR117)



1.Focus on a Theme

Three artworks have been selected based on a theme. All three of the artworks contain a short description titled 'First Thoughts.' Then a further appraisal is completed for the artwork titled 'Cataract 3' by Bridget Riley. 

I chose the following four artworks to the following theme: "explore the common themes that link artworks across time periods" (SAAM, n.d. para. 1). The following four artworks all have one thing in common, they create an optical illusion.  The was created in the 1590s (circa), the next the 1960s and the last two in the last 15 years. I am taking a leap picking Optical Illusions across periods of time as a theme, but it was something that really interests me. 

Optical Illusion (Op Art): 

"Artists have been intrigued by the nature of perception and by optical effects and illusions for many centuries. They have often been a central concern of art, just as much as themes are drawn from history or literature." (The Art Story, 2021). It blossomed in the 1950s with links to new technology and psychology. It "usually contains abstract patterns composed with a stark contrast of foreground and background." After catching the public eye it leads to Op designs in fashion and media.


 Fruit basket and reversible head (circa 1590), Giuseppe Arcimbolto


First Thoughts: In all honesty, my first thoughts are "how did they know how to do this type of art considering they didn't have indoor plumbing." While this statement is elitist, my thoughts were more about the living standards of the majority of the population in the 15-1600s verse this gorgeous well thought out artwork. I find this really hard to comprehend that beauty can be created in this time era.    

Upon a quick search, I find this time period is called the Elizabethan age, or the Golden Age. A time when the arts flourished as this art demonstrates.







First Thoughts: While it is totally different from the first painting, this artwork also caught my eye. One because it was created by a woman, and two because I love the optical illusion of the three-dimensional wavey lines created from a flat surface. Optical Illusion art had a resurgence in the 1950-60s with the development of new technologies and had links to psychology. This theme later exploded into the fashion industry. Reflecting on a personal basis, I must also admit I became hooked on this artist because she shares my maiden name. 

Second Thoughts: My eye is first drawn to the waves, the wavey lines, the movement of the waves. This triggers a psychological response. An argument between the logical part of my brain and the optical signals sent to the brain. "I know this is not real and is just a flat canvas with wavey lines." "It looks like waves in the ocean and the waves are moving." This is an optical illusion or an Op Art and the are is doing exactly what it is intended to do. To fool the eye to believe something exists when it doesn't. There is a very limited range of colours to this artwork, but it doesn't need much colour to create the optical illusion. In fact, many Op Artworks are in black and white. Op Art is full of repetition and this one is the same. This is what creates its optical illusion. After a period of time, I start to feel nauseous looking at the artwork. This is an interesting concept. That artwork not only brings out emotions, which for me is a wonder that I can imagine things that are not there but secondly, that staring at this artwork for too long a period produces a physical reaction. Does everyone feel like this or only some people like me? 


 Cateract 3, 1969, Bridget Riley





Sweeping it under the carpet, 2006, Banksy

First Thoughts: Banksy, a world-famous street artist. I love the thought of putting your artwork onto existing material, but I love even more the fact that the artist has used the backdrop as part of the artwork. While this third artwork was meant to be an Australian Artist, I couldn't help but add a Banksy to my pick. 

 Carrying the Pointless Monument, 2015, Fintan Magee

First Thoughts: Looking for Australian Artists I came across Fintan Magee, apparently known as the Australian Banksy. While I'm not sure of his credentials, I couldn't go past what I felt to be an iconic Aussie trait. Finding an object that is as far away from art as possible and using it to create art. That is using shipping containers, painted and arranged to create this artwork. This is me.




  Why Can't Some People See Magic Eye Pictures? | Mental Floss



I have been drawn to Op Art since I was a child. Vexed in my younger years (and even today) that I cannot see images in 'Magic Eye', an Op Art from the 1990s. "Magic Eye was something of a paradox: a deliberate graphic mess that relied on grids and precision to achieve its intended effect. The fact that it was so difficult to see the 3-D shape hiding behind the hypercolored patterns was a major part of its appeal" (Stinson, 2019) 

 Amsler grid - Wikipedia 

Later, as a teenager, I once saw a sheet of paper stuck to my grandmother's fridge. I now know it is called an  'Amsler Grid'. It can help detect early signs of retinal disease. People hold the grid at a reading distance from their eyes, cover one eye and start at the dot. If there are wavy lines or parts of the grid go missing, you need to have your eyes checked. The image of the Amsler Grid stayed with me, that it looks likes an illusion but was created for a neurological purpose. 




2. Create your own work

Thinking about Op Art and the creation of my own artwork, I choose Bridget Riley's artwork to model my own works upon. 

For the first two pieces, I decided to use technology. I did this as the 1960s resurgence occurred due to new technologies and I thought this was a nice homage to the 1960s resurgence. 



Step 1.

I created a word document, and formatted it to look like this: 

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Step 2.

I then pressed print screen and used the program 'Paint' to create a png file:

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Step 3.

I then opened PowerPoint and added a new document. I then created the following artwork using  its applications:


 Step 4.

Click on one of the images on the slide. Then open the tab 'Animations' and click on one of the stars. Press play below to see it's effects: 






Duplicate the black and white background twice. Then click into one of the slides, select the picture, click on 'Format Picture'.

Click the drop-down button on 'Crop' and click on 'Crop to Shape'. Pick any shape, then copy and paste it to the slide with black and white background: 


 Click on one of the images on the slide. Then open the tab 'Animations' and click on one of the stars. Press play below to see it's effects:














I really enjoyed this activity. However, due to the complexity, it would only be suitable for upper primary. Students in the 5-6 year bands. The students would require a basic understanding of PowerPoint and then be taught how to use different applications within PowerPoint to gain the following effects. 

I created a lesson plan for a year six class in my last placement and had a very mixed result from the class. The students were given a step by step guide to creating a basic game using PowerPoint. Some students powered through and other students were very frustrated and completed very little. If this was to be used in the class, students understanding of PowerPoint and its Applications would need to be scaffolded. Students would need to be paired or grouped together to provide peer learning and encouraged to assist each other to complete the task.

However even with the mixed results after asking the students to reflect on the task, the only negative feedback I received was a lack of time. The students wanted to continue working, despite it being the end of the day. All this would be factored into a lesson plan, to be completed over a couple of lessons, with scaffolding PowerPoint applications and targetted grouping of students to support learning.