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
Bag of coloured sand
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