Teaching Texture with Eric Carle:
- Color Wash and Splash Textures -Monday
- Brush & Scratch Textures – (You are here)
- Insect Textures- Wednesday
- Blotting Textures- Thursday
- Project Completion- Friday
Texture #2 Scratchy Grassy Texture
Materials Needed⇒ Tempera paint in green, yellow, and additional desired colors. Wide brush and regular paint brush.
Note: most paint types will work. I used acrylic but it is permanant when dry so I don’t recommend it with children. Tempera paint is best for kids and less expensive. Mix paints for desired colors and help your child think about what shades are best for their composition.
For this part of the lesson, look at several parts of Eric Carle’s art work for the grass. Ask your child how they think he created the grassy texture. Also look at colors he used for night time as opposed to those used for daytime. Are they any different? What other colors might you use for a night time grassy texture?
Make Your Own Grassy Texture:
First have your child practice brush strokes in different colors and directions. Use a variety of color and don’t mix them but instead demonstrate to your child how to make the colors streak. Using ample amounts of paint is important to later be “scratched”.
Using the back of a typical paintbrush, have your child scratch their own design into the excess paint. This will add lots of interest and give the impression of grass. Allow to dry completely.
Visit tomorrow to see the next texture revealed!