Paint and Draw

Make an Op Art Plant Pot

Use lines, zig-zags and spots to paint a pot which makes your eyes go funny!

Photograph of four painted plant pots

Bridget Riley is a British painter. The style of her painting is called op art. Op art is short for 'optical art'. Bridget puts colours, shapes and patterns together in clever ways to create an optical illusion. This can make an image look like its moving!

Here are some of her op art paintings ...

Bridget Riley, ‘Untitled [Fragment 1/7]’ 1965
Bridget Riley
Untitled [Fragment 1/7] 1965
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© Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.
Bridget Riley, ‘Untitled [Fragment 5/8]’ 1965
Bridget Riley
Untitled [Fragment 5/8] 1965
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© Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.
Bridget Riley, ‘Untitled [Fragment 3/11]’ 1965
Bridget Riley
Untitled [Fragment 3/11] 1965
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© Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.

Let's create an Op art plant pot!

    You will need:

    • Some paintbrushes. (Big ones are good for painting the background)
    • A pot of water
    • A small plant pot
    • Some paints – the brighter the better!

    let's get started

    Photograph of materials required

    1. Get your materials ready

      Photograph of two hands painting a plant pot

      2. CHOOSE YOUR BACKGROUND COLOUR

      Photograph of two hands painting a plant pot

      3. Paint the pot

      Photograph of two hands painting a plant pot

      4. Choose your next colour and start painting your pattern

      Photograph of two hands painting a plant pot

      5. Paint the whole pot with your pattern

      Photograph of a two hands holding a small plant pot

      6. Leave to dry and you're done!

      Two photographs of four painted plant pots

      7. Next time, try a different pattern

      Photograph of six painted plant pots

      8. or use different materials!

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