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Optical Spinning Disks 

Your eyes will see certain designs differently when they are set in motion.

This can be done by creating a design using non-concentric circles. Non-concentric means the circles are NOT center.


This type of Art was first created by artist, Marcel Duchamp.


YouTube tutorial videos


My video on Spinning disks:


Art that uses movement is called Kinetic art.


This is an example of a non-concentric composition, or layout.

Optical Illusions happen best when the artist uses high contrast and solid lines


1) Trace a circular stencil that will be cut out


2) Create Non-Concentric circles or try a stripe design starting from the center


3) Emphasize different shapes to create Contrast and a dynamic Optic-image


4) Glue a gem at the center-backside of your disk so it will spin like a top. Observe it, then make a second one based on your observations.

Check Yourself:

Did you use non-concentric circles?


Did you use contrast and solid lines?


If you used color, did you use color compliments?


What happened and what would you change if you did the lesson again?


Did your disk appear to have circles that moved? 


Did you see any flashing or vibrating patterns?


Marcel Duchamp (important early 20th century artist, and leader of the art movement known as DADA) 

Marcel Duchamp is the creater of the first optical disks!


Click the below photograph to learn more about Marcel Duchamp.

Spinning disks can also be called kinetic art, because they require physical movement.



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