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Re: texture

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Deborah Gilbert (
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 16:35:54 -0700

>Hi everyone...I am going to start a unit on texture with first and second
>graders...first does anyone have anything out of the ordinary for me to
>try...and second can you give me some tips on how to talk about texture using
>art history or showing the students artists work. Anything is greatly
>appreciated.....thanks stacy

The two examples of texture that come to my mind instantly are Van Gogh and
Durer. I find that 1st and 2nd grade eyes can be trained to see texture,
both tactile and visual. With Durer, we break down the marks he makes and
try to figure out what lines they might use to create the texture of fur,
grass, leaves, etc., on a 2 dimensional surface. I also have them go
around the school and around the grounds and get rubbings of different
textures and then we bring them into the art room and analyze them again,
trying to reproduce them using various lines. By doing this, they learn to
add textures to their drawings and make them richer- they learn how to make
a tree trunk look rough or how to make an animals fur look soft.

Deborah Gilbert