EQ: What is texture?
This project was done with both my Kinders and my 1st graders this week.. and I love the results I got from both! Kindergarten was talking a lot about texture this week.. and so we started out by finding textures in the room and doing crayon rubbings of them. This paper was then painted with blues, greens, and yellows - look at how nicely colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel blend! ;) Then the next day we looked at some photos of lupines and even a painting of lupines and talked about the things that we noticed about them (they are tall, they have petals all over them, the colors, etc.). Using green oil pastels we drew stems for our flowers overtop of our painted texture paper. Then I demonstrated how we would use ONE finger (I had them put up their pointer finger while I was explaining this) to make fingerprint marks with tempera to make the flower petals. First they would print either a purple or red dot, then they would print a white dot overtop (red+white=pink?!?! whhhhattttt?!). --It's moments like these that make teaching art so exciting!
First graders essentially did the same process, however we started out their week talking about "variety" and "texture" (this lesson was a 2-day extension of another flower painting project they did).
I absolutely adore all the color and textures they have on their paper - BEAUTIFUL!!