Tactile Texture

We will look at how Van Gogh simulates the sensation of texture in his famous “Starry Night” painting; at how Eric Carle uses painted collage papers to create texture in his illustrations; and at Cy Twombly‘s layering of thick paint to create abstract art.



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?

3 Art projects inspired by 3 different artists with clear instructions to start independent creativity.
1 Leaflet of process 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
Glue stick
Bag of coloured sand
Paint brush
Watercolour paper
White paper

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