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