Description of the Unit – Students learned all about the element of texture in art, both two- and three dimensional. They created textured mountains out of ripped paper and rubbing stencils, and then added the soft, wispy texture of the aurora borealis and the lake below using chalk pastels and brushes.
Activity statement – In 2nd grade students solidify their understanding of the element of texture in art. We explore three-dimensional texture by sampling different surfaces around the art room, such as sand paper and felt, as well as various rubbing templates. We then observe and discuss examples of two-dimensional texture in art, emphasizing that texture is something we can “see” and not just feel.
To coalesce students’ understanding of texture, they create a mountainous landscape that features the northern lights above, and a smooth, glassy lake below. The northern lights and lake highlight smooth textures, while the mountains highlight rough textures, as they are colored in with rubbing templates and the paper torn into coarse edges.
Goals – Students should…
- How texture can be both physical and visual
- The meaning of the word texture
Be able to:
- Identify textures in works of art?
- Express texture in their artwork?
Resources and materials –
- Examples of three-dimensional texture (felt, sand paper, corrugated cardboard, etc)
- Examples of texture in art, especially two-dimensional art, like a photograph or painting
- Black construction paper
- Multi colored construction paper
- Rubbing stencils in a variety of abstract patterns
- Oil pastels or crayons
- Glue sticks
- Chalk pastels
- Paint brushes or paper towels
While taking turns feeling different surfaces of objects:
- What does (X) feel like? How would you describe the feeling?
While observing texture:
- Do you think texture is something we can see? Explain.
- Do you notice texture in (X) painting? Describe.
- What ways might you be able to create texture in art?
- Understand the meaning of texture?
- Effectively express a variety of textures in their landscapes?
- Identify the textures in their landscape?
- Student questions
- Group discussions
- Oral responses to essential questions
- One finished landscape