Little Ones
Tactile Texture

Our Little One’s box textural art projects are inspired by Van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night” painting,  Eric Carle‘s collage papers and Cy Twombly‘s layering of thick paint and materials.



The story of Tactile Texture

Ever wanted to touch a work of art that you thought you were only supposed to look at? It happens to us all. Because the texture of a work, the tactile quality of its surface, appeals to our sense of touch and can evoke feelings of pleasure, discomfort or familiarity. The texture they create is not always real. A real rock, for example, might feel rough or smooth, and it definitely feels hard when touched or picked up. A painter depicting a rock can create the illusion of these qualities through the use of elements such as colour, line, and shape.

What’s inside the box?

6 x 20-minute art projects inspired by 3 different artists with clear instructions. These are focused on the process and experimenting, rather than on the end result itself.

1 Leaflet of extra ideas and LoLA recommendations.

Plenty of quality art materials for one child, with lots left over for your art supplies.

What materials will I receive?

Acrylic paint set
Blue card
Bubble wrap
Coloured paper
Glue spatula
PVA glue
Bag of coloured sand
Paint brush
Watercolour paper
Doily, contact paper

Tips for doing art with Little Ones

•  Strip children down before you start, or have an outfit that is their ‘art outfit’

• Allow them to experiment with materials. Don’t be too concerned about producing a single final piece.

• Bring out one material at a time – this makes it less overwhelming, and lengthens the process!

• You can often use surprisingly simple materials to work with, like shaving cream, toothbrushes, kitchen brushes, toy cars … all things that you may well have at home.

• Never leave Little Ones alone with art materials!

Any recommendations for related books or trips?

See Van Gogh’s art in the flesh!
Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain,
27 March – 11 August 2019