Third grade artists have been exploring visual texture and the painting process. First, I collected many natural and manmade objects that have a strong sense of texture and presented them to the students. Dividing their papers into 16 sections, the students painted as many objects as they could, capturing the texture of each object. These are the black and white paintings shown in the photographs.
Then I introduced two artists to the students, British painter David Hockney and Japanese artist Hokusai. Both of these artists use visual texture to depict landscapes, but their styles are very different. The third graders compared and contrasted the works of the two artists before beginning on their own landscape creations. Each third grader is working to create an invented landscape employing the ideas of foreground, middle ground, and background along with conveying a sense of visual texture.