Below is a reprint from of the article that appeared in the Press Sentinal on February 11th
Texture is one of the seven elements, or building blocks, of art. Line, shape, color, form, space, value and texture are the vocabulary used to describe any work of art. As per the Georgia Performance Art Standards, all students must be able to define and identify each of these elements by the time they graduate fifth grade. Since the Wayne County Public School System is not able to provide its public elementary students with a formal art program, this seven-part series was created to enlighten, encourage and enable parents to help build the foundation of art literacy needed for success once their students enter the Wayne County Middle School Art Program. In the past three months, we have explored Line, Color, and Value. If you missed these recent articles, view them here at WWW.ArtWithMsBecky.com. This month I will get a little "touchy-feely" about art as I strive to illustrate the concept of texture in art. Texture is the tactile quality of the surface of an object--how it feels if touched. We tend to think of art as something just to look at, but many artists design their work to stimulate our other senses as well. Sculptors, fabric and texture artists, bookmakers, ceramicists, and artists working in many other forms spend a great deal of time and thought on how to engage a viewer's sense of touch even when a piece of art is not intended to be handled.
Our world is brimming with textures to experience. Imagine the feeling of crisp cotton sheets as you throw them back when you arise out of bed in the morning, your bare feet as you move across the polished wood floor, or the feeling of warm water splashing against your skin in the shower. Clothes can also provide us with an array of textures to experience: silky, starched, velvety, coarse, elastic. A Look out the window can also supply a variety of textures in the leaves of the old oak tree and its gnarly bark, the aging brick on the building across the street, and the gleaming, polished surface of a car; all have unique textures. Even breakfast is rich with textures: fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, and melted butter dripping off of crunchy toast or pancakes. These mental images provide an illustration of the variety of textures present in our daily lives that artists endeavor to convey for us in their works of art.
“Actual” texture refers to the tactile qualities of the natural surface of the object. In other words, how does the surface of the work feel when you touch it? "Implied" textures cannot be felt; by seeing a picture, the viewer must use their imagination to understand what the object feels like in real life, such as a man's scruffy beard, sharp metal spikes on a helmet or a kitten's soft coat.
Your student will be “feeling” confident about texture with these learning resources this month!
Texture learning resources:
One of my all-time favorite online art teachers is Cassie Stevens. In the video link below, Cassie does a brilliant job of exemplifying the concepts of "actual" and "implied" textures. Included in the video is a practical art project lesson on texture that your student can do at home with commonly found objects and supplies.
After your student has a firm grasp on what texture is and has accomplished Cassie's cool "Texture Relief" project, they can move on to an additional texture adventure with our friends at "Hands on Crafts for Kids". There your student will have the opportunity to make some texture rich, object drawings using familiar household objects too.
3. When possible, I love to include local resources for you and your family.I have such a resource this month at Solid Rock Christian Academy. If you are a homeschool family and your students are ages 8 through 13, (third through eighth grade), you can jump on board with their Art and S.T.E.A.M. program each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for only $100 a month per student. For more information on this unique opportunity call (912) 424-8316 for more details.
Texture in visual arts can inspire, provoke, make us think, make us laugh, make us cry, and make us see things in ways we never have before. Join me here next month when we find out more about the multi-dimensions of "Form."