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Elements of Art: Texture 2/3

Posted on: September 27, 2009

This student decided to use the same color for each section, but switch the texture.  A successful artistic choice!

This student decided to use the same color for each section, but switch the texture. A successful artistic choice!

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week   4  Grade  2/3

1st Trimester Whitman ES 2009-2010  written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP

Elements of Art: Texture

Cost per student: $.04

Materials: thick crayons sans wrappers, lots of textured objects (suggestions include mesh onion bags, wall paper samples, upholstery samples, lace, sandpaper, tiles, etc), thin paper (like copy weight, not construction paper), permanent markers

Students will be able to understand the appearance/use of texture in artworks and create the illusion of texture in their own art.

Vocabulary: texture, real, illusion, surface

1. In the general meeting area, gather students and hand out a small textured item to each child. Ask them what they might guess all the items have in common. Use the term texture; note that it is touchable variations on different surfaces. Ask kids to provide some words for their texture samples.

2. Use some artwork examples (I am using Art in Action p. 34-35) to discuss the illusion of texture (it all feels like paper, but looks smooth, rough, pointy, rounded, etc). Explain that we will create the illusion of texture using real textured items.

3. First we will create a framework for the textures; each student needs a sheet of paper and a permanent marker. Demonstrate how to draw a tessellated design (begin with a shape, add another shape touching that shape, and so on. There shouldn’t be any large swaths of negative space; picture a stained glass window where every area is divided up and touches the areas around it). This should be relatively quick; the focus will be on the textures, not the line drawing. However, it might be a great way to review how you could use line in a composition!

4. Put the markers away. Hand out tubs of textured materials and wide flat crayons. Demonstrate how to choose an item with real texture, and how to transfer the illusion onto one section of your design (try and stay within the lines of a single area you drew with your marker).

5. Continue until all sections are filled; students can create some sort of a pattern or just work on the texture transfer.

Reflections and feedback: One teacher asked if we could work solely on leaf rubbings; I think it will be cool to have the kids draw a giant leaf shape with their markers and divide up the shape and space around it, and then fill in every section with a different leaf rubbing texture. They are gathering leaves on a special walk and I have a good collection of faux foliage to round out the leaf collection.


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