Texture may be a big word for learners of any age, and some people may not know what it means, but it’s an easy concept to teach. Every object around us has texture. It doesn’t matter how big or how small an object is, it has texture.
So, how do you teach students to understand texture? Now, the fun begins!
Texture is fun to teach because students get to use their hands. That’s right. The more they touch the surface of an object, the better they will understand what that big word – texture – means. Give them a variety of objects to touch. Maybe let them rub them, stroke them, and even squeeze them (if that’s possible).
But they are not just going to touch the surface of an object. Now, they can use words to describe what they feel.
Describing Texture – Physical
As your learners touch the surface of different objects, they will notice that things don’t all feel the same. Some things feel hard, other things feel soft or fluffy, and other things may feel slimy. Encourage your students to use different words to describe what they feel.
It might be fun for them to wear a blindfold and feel an object. Then they won’t have any idea what they are touching. This will help them focus more on how it feels versus what it looks like. Some people may like this idea, others may not want to do it. It’s an optional idea. The main point is to get excited with them about all the new ways they can describe objects by the way that they feel.
Drawing Texture – Visual
You can also show texture by drawing and painting! Lines, value (that’s darks and lights), and repetition can all be used to show what an object is supposed to feel like if it was touched. Smooth objects can be made with soft lines and shaded areas, and may even have a gleam of light reflecting on it to show shininess. Want to show a squishy texture? Try using wavy lines. How about a prickly or pointy object? Use harder lines drawn at angles to create a 3-D effect. There is so much you can do with drawing texture.
Texture is something we can feel and see! Ready to see for yourself? Watch our video now!