Jun 2, 2013

Textured Paper

I may have gone overboard on the photos for this post, but this is one of my favourite art lessons so far. 

I was inspired by this photo from Pinterest (left). If this is your photo, please let me know because I can't find the original source for this image anywhere as it was never properly linked to on Pinterest!
Anyhow, I gave students the challenge of transforming eight small pieces of smooth white paper so that each piece had a different texture. After giving a few ideas about cutting, folding and scrunching and providing students with hole punches, fancy scissors and shredded paper pieces, I let these grade twos go about creating different textures. The kids turned out to be really inventive of course and I was so excited to see them exploring.

Each one of their textured paper pieces was glued onto a larger sheet, displaying all their textures together. I then displayed these as a whole wall of texture, which I am loving. It's not often children's artwork is this subtly beautiful. The omission of any colour really allows you to see all the textures.

I had planned to do this same lesson with every grade, but after eight lessons with these grade twos I thought I might go insane if I had to sweep up any more tiny pieces of white paper from the Art Room floor! So beware! Messy, but fun.

                                                         Using a pencil to make holes
Using a hole punch to make holes

Tearing, Twisting and Weaving





Shredded Paper



  1. Very, very cool! I think you're spot on re the absence of colours working to accentuate the textures too : )

    1. Ill be pining! I imagine the children would be thoroughly absorbed in this project. Also a great motivator for extracting descriptive language out of the children. Thanks.

  2. As Gretchen said, 'PINNING!' This is a great lesson, a terrific exploration of texture totally singled out. I think it could be a good link to a Louise Nevelson lesson.

  3. Thanks ladies - and yes Phyl, good idea with the Nevelson linking!

  4. I'm going to use this as an excercise with my seniors before we do a 3D ceramic tile project so they can see how light affects
    form and texture. Thanks

    1. Yea! Great idea - I might borrow that!


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