Art Texture Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about art texture with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what art texture is and the different types, identify and analyze in work, then create their own art texture piece.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define art texture
  • describe types of texture found in art
  • compare and contrast implied/visual texture to actual texture


40 minutes for the lesson plus an hour for the art activity


  • Copies of the lesson What is Texture in Art? - Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Image samples of art with texture types listed in this lesson
  • A variety of textured materials to touch, such as sand, stone, textiles, etc.
  • Collage materials such as those listed in the lesson - feathers, beads, wood, photographs, yarn, seeds, etc.
  • Cardboard
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Texture
  • Tactile texture
  • Implied texture
  • Stripling
  • Pointillism

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Prepare your class for the lesson by setting out tactile objects, such as sand, stones, feathers, etc. on tables. Also, hang images of textured art.
  • Start class by allowing students to explore the objects freely for ten minutes
  • Next, have them make a chart with the names of the objects listed on the left and a description of how the object feels on the right.
  • Break students into small groups and have them share their tactile experiences, then discuss as a whole group.
  • Now, tell students that artists can use this type of experience in their work, called art texture. Share prior knowledge and preview vocabulary.

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