The visual elements

Media and activities for texture


Wax crayon, soft pencils, charcoal, paint, junk materials.


  • Make a collection of objects with different textures – sort, match, describe.
  • Make a class list of texture words e.g. rough, woven, smooth, bubbly, spiky, pitted, crinkly, furry etc.
  • Collect samples of textures that match these words
  • Feel and describe e.g. a rough texture, draw a ‘rough’ mark – add further ‘rough’ marks. Repeat using a different texture as a stimulus.
  • Make a rubbing of a rough texture – make a drawing next to your rubbing that matches and copies its texture.
  • Print a soft texture – using net, sponge or a paper towel – make a drawing next to your print that matches and copies its texture.
  • Use rubbed and printed textures for collage work: to match the textures on a bird or animal, to create an imaginary bird or animal.
  • Collect three different textures e.g. moss, feathers and draw to show their differences – the textures not the objects.
  • Look closely - using a viewfinder – at part of, for example a pineapple – carefully record the texture on the part you see. Move the viewfinder and collect the texture from somewhere else. Next draw the outline shape of the whole pineapple and add the texture.
  • In the same way look closely at the texture on part of e.g. a cauliflower next to the pineapple – add the texture.