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Stop using the same old lines! Mix up your lines with these texture techniques used by the master, Leonardo da Vinci.
Texture is an element of art that describes the physical surface quality of an object. Textures can be felt by touching an object. Artists can visually portray textures using lines to imply the way something feels in real life—hairy, rough, sharp, silky, etc.
There are several ways to use lines to show textures. Use the broad side of the drawing tool to make shaded areas of light and dark. This can be used to make a smooth texture. Hatching is drawing evenly spaced lines in the same direction. Cross-hatching is a technique that crosses lines in the opposite direction of the hatched lines. Stippling uses dots instead of lines. Invite students to experiment to discover what textures can they can show with each of these techniques.
Allow time for students to explore the sketches and line drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. Challenge them to identify each of the techniques listed above in his drawings. What textures does he create using these lines?
Using black construction paper, students draw lines with Crayola Color Sticks to create different textures. Experiment with every side, point, and angle of the Color Sticks! Try shading, hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling. Use a different color for each technique to make lines stand out! What interesting compositions can be made with these techniques?
Once students have completed their drawings, provide time in the school day for classmates to view each others' work and discuss how their textures were created.
Storytelling meets visual arts in the style of Jacob Lawrence, African American artist and storyteller.
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