Texture is so important to our artistic practice. We can simulate texture in our drawings and watercolor paintings. We can make texture using oil paints or clay. We can even use a variety of found or created texture in our sculptures. Interest in our art pieces is developed through our use of color, positive and negative space, and texture.

The final lesson in this Foundations series is all about texture. I’ve got three projects for you today and you’ll need to gather some items with interesting textures that you can cut, glue, staple, or otherwise alter in some way. If you are a young are student and/or you want to use something that doesn’t belong to you, please get permission to use these items before you start. There are examples of all three projects available in the downloads sidebar if you’d like to use them.

Here are examples of my projects, which can also be seen at the Supplemental Materials page:

This is the supply list for the three projects:

  • a pencil
  • scissors
  • adhesive (glue or tape) and/or a stapler
  • 2 pieces of white paper
  • a piece of brightly colored heavyweight paper or a large piece of corrugated cardboard
  • 2 medium-sized pieces of corrugated cardboard
  • several differently textured items that you have permission to use

Optional materials are

  • a pencil sharpener
  • an eraser
  • a file folder or paperclip for organization

Practice, practice practice! I look forward to seeing you in another class soon.