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Elements of Art: Texture 4/5

Posted on: September 27, 2009

art 021A "Ghost Castle" made by an eager 5th grader. The result is 2 pieces of art in one. I like how it was easy to tie into last week's study of shape, too.

A "Ghost Castle" made by an eager 5th grader. The result is 2 pieces of art in one. I like how it was easy to tie into last week's study of shape, too.

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan   Week  4   Grade   4/5

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

Elements of Art: Texture

Cost per student: $.03

Materials: glue sticks, scissors, lot of scraps of paper (construction paper or cardstock would work well), one piece of backer paper per kid, one piece of thin copy paper per kid, wide wrapperless crayons.

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 some large format library books with various paintings for examples) to discuss the illusion of texture (it all feels like paper, but looks smooth, rough, pointy, rounded, etc). Explain that we will create a composition using layers of textures. I always tell the kids we’re making “Ghost Castles” since it’s sort of true and sounds super awesome.

Note: I did not invent this project; Donna Deetz would do this with her 5th grade students and it always looked like such a good time, so props to Donna for a great lesson idea!

3. Give each student a piece of heavier paper to create their composition. Show how you might start by layering a rectangle with another shape to give the appearance of the front of a castle. Point out that while some detail is good, don’t go crazy. Have them lay out their castle pieces, and when they are satisfied, then use a glue stick to glue them in place.

4. When you have your shape composition all glued together, lay a sheet of copy paper on top and use the flat edge of a crayon to create a rubbing, revealing the ghost castle. Depending on the student’s enthusiasm for this effect, they may want to make several copies of the rubbings. Experiment with different crayons.

5. If there is extra time, students can use 1 sided copy paper to make rubbings with the texture samples you brought out at the beginning of the lesson.

Reflections and feedback: I like to display the rubbing and textured “plate” side by side so onlookers can see how students used layered paper to create a textured final project. This project is a great way to use up all those crazy paper scraps created by cutting down paper into squares.


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