The author provides the ways in which children's knowledge of visual elements of art can be developed through simple but creative activities.



The Concept of Texture

Although texture is often considered to be one of the visual elements of art, it is not a simple property. Texture has to do with the quality of surfaces, not only as these are sensed by touch (tactile texture), but also as we see them (visual texture). Concepts of texture are not precise, and expressing them in words is difficult. Even more than when learning about other visual elements, each person's idea of texture has to be built up from experience.

Two Kinds of Texture

The original and basic meaning of ‘texture’ has to do with tactile qualities: what a surface feels like when it is touched. These qualities are, however, connected in a very obvious and direct way to visual properties, since ...

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