It's so great to have you back again! I hope you're ready to learn something inspiring today, kiddos! Today we are going to learn about something super fun to look at because it makes our eyes trick us. They are called illusions!
Illusions are pictures that have the power to trick our minds into thinking we're seeing something that is different than what is really there! Sometimes illusions get really popular because of how good they are at confusing us!
Artist always have a good time using illusions in their work! If you think about it, most paintings are illusions, too! Artists can trick our eyes and make a flat paper look 3D and real.
Illusion Artists are all over the world and making different kinds of art. The one who made this one is from a country far from where we are.
Let's take a trip all the way to Ukraine! There we would find one the coolest illusion artists. He is 52 years old and makes pictures that show different pictures at the same times.
If you focus you can see a white Ram with horns. But you can also see a man with black hair a a long twisty mustache! How awesome is that? It's like two pictures in one!
What colors do you see in this picture? Do the colors influence what you see?
There was a time about 500 years ago when all artists made art like this. This time in art is called the Renaissance They wanted their art to trick everyone's eyes and look real. Even when artists made hard sculptures out of heavy rock, they tried to make it look real and soft if it was supposed to lrepresent a person.
This is a painting made by Artist Johannes Vermeer from the Dutch Golden Age. It's titled Girl with a Pearl Earring.
This is an optical illusion, too! Can you tell how? This is really just a flat painting that is about the size of a piece of paper.
It has been painted to look 3D. This girl's face looks round and soft, just like you could touch it. That's the illusion! Painters do this all the time.
How cool is it to see an illusion like that on a flat canvas? His work was featured recently here at the Albany Museum of Art. It's unique! Find someone at home and talk to them about all the different things you can see in this painting. What illusions do you see?
Want to Make an Illusion at Home?
All you need is ...
2. A pencil
3. A piece of paper
4. The help of a parent or guardian!
Follow the easy steps in the video below and you will have your own optical illusion!