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Texture Painting

Add dimension to a painting by using a craft stick and Crayola® Texture Mixing Medium to create a textured masterpiece.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Share a Caldecott winning story as a read aloud with students and encourage them to pay particular attention to the story's illustrations, as well as how they help tell the story. Provide recycled newspaper for students to use in covering their work areas. Invite students to use Crayola Tempera paint and brushes to paint a background and scene on a piece of Crayola Marker and Watercolor Paper.
    2. Add Crayola Texture Mixing Medium to the paint and mix well. Use a craft stick to apply the paint and mixing medium to the paper. Continue to paint using the craft stick to create texture and movement. Make swirls and build up the texture with the paint and craft stick. Apply a heavy coat of paint and mixing medium because it will reduce in size a little as it dries.
    3. Students can use Crayola Pearl Mixing Medium directly on the paper with a craft stick to create added texture and highlights.
    4. When children are finished with paintings, let dry overnight.
    5. Mount the finished print onto a piece of construction paper with a Crayola Glue Stick.
    6. Provide time for students to discuss the story their illustrations tell.
  • Standards

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

    LA: With prompting and support, read informational texts appropriately complex for grade level.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars by Joan Holub; Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies by True Kelley; The First Starry Night by Joan Shaddox Isom; The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt

    Suggest to students that they add small pieces of tissue paper to paint and add to their artwork to create added texture. Encourage students to take a digital photograph of their artwork both before an dafter the addition of the tissue paper. Discuss how has this additional effect has influenced their art.

    Students research the life of Vincent VanGogh or Claude Monet. Challenge students to re-create a famous painting by these artists. Explore what concepts of texture were used to re-create the famous work.


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