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Texture Art Projects for Kids :: Exploring Different Surfaces

by Jean Van't Hul
April 27, 2011

Exploring Textures as Art Surfaces with the Toddler Art Group

This post contains affiliate links. Last week for the toddler art group I taped a variety of materials to the studio tables with the idea of letting the kiddos explore what it felt and looked like to draw and paint on the different surfaces.

The idea was to provide a sensory exploration as well as let them experiment with how art materials interacted with different surfaces.

It was an awesome art group session! I would definitely do this again, perhaps trying different textured surfaces next time.

Here are the pics and how to ::

Texture Art Projects for Kids :: Exploring Different Surfaces

Exploring Different Textures as Art Surfaces - The Set Up

Here’s the before photo. As in before the kids descended and the surfaces were covered with paint and other art marks.

The tables are covered with ::

  • crumpled aluminum foil
  • paper towels
  • wool
  • a plastic freezer bag
  • a row of wooden popsicle sticks
  • a sheet of fingerpaint paper
  • colored tissue paper
  • the insert to an acrylic box frame
  • some plastic Easter eggs
  • and a plastic paint palette

In other words, surfaces with a variety of textures and colors that I thought would be interesting to draw and paint on.

Other ideas include ::

  • corrugated cardboard
  • bubble wrap
  • fabric
  • wax paper
  • sticky contact paper
  • sandpaper
  • and a mesh bag (the kind that onions or lemons are sold in sometimes)

There are so many fun possibilities for texture art projects for kids!

Drawing and Painting on a Variety of Textured Surfaces

First I put out the Crayola Twistables Slick Stix (oil pastels in hard plastic cases—I love these for toddlers!) so they could experiment with drawing on the different surfaces.

Exploring Different Textures as Art Surfaces with the Toddler Art Group kids

After they drew for a while, I set out some washable tempera paints and some stubby chubby paint brushes. In the photo above, Joe is painting on the plastic freezer bag with one hand and on the aluminum foil with the other.

Fiona Exploring Art in the Toddler Art Group

Even 13 month old Fiona, one of our newest members, seemed excited about the materials!

This is definitely a process-not-product activity. It’s very exploratory and seemed perfect for the toddlers, but I actually think older kids would enjoy it as well.

Perhaps I’ll set one up for Maia soon…

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