How to Teach Texture | Kitten’s First Full Moon | Elements and Principles of Design

If you’re looking for an easy approach to teaching kids art, there’s no better system than using the elements and principles of art.

What is texture and why is it important?

Texture is the surface quality that can be seen or felt. It is an element of art that brings excitement for students because it brings a tactile or visually realistic element to their artwork.

You don’t have to do elaborate weaving’s or a fiber art unit (actual texture) to bring texture to your art room, because texture can be introduced in drawings and printing (implied texture). Implied texture is the way something looks like it feels.

With simple supplies, such as charcoal or oil pastels, students can use implied texture to make a donut with sprinkles look bumpy, a milkshake glass look shiny or turn a circle into a smooth sphere.

The Dreamy Dessert Drawing Techniques Bundle that was recently released inside The Sparklers’ Club has ten decadent dessert lessons, each focusing on a different medium and technique.

The goal of each lesson is to hone in on one material, from charcoal to colored pencil, and allow students time to explore the characteristics of the material and practice a.

These technique focused lessons show implied form using just paper and one or two art supplies, such as box of smooth donuts dotted with sprinkles (crayon), rippled soft serve ice cream in a bumpy waffle cone (charcoal), puffy cotton candy (chalk pastel ), ruffles of piped frosting on a cupcake (pen & ink) and a shiny, reflective milkshake glass (white colored pencil).

Let’s take a break from delicious desserts and move to a lesson that uses oil pastel to create tree bark that has a rough implied texture. This project is a simple line drawing of the kitten in a tree based on the book, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.

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It’s a 3-part strategy on how to use the Elements of Arts when planning your art curriculum including ordering supplies, a grade level checklist for the scope and sequence of K-7 Elements of Art and What I’ll Learn in Art Class posters.

To learn how to teach the Elements of Art to elementary school students, here are a few posts that will get you started:

How to Teach Line and Pattern

How to Teach Shape

How to Teach Color


– 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper

– Black oil paste or crayon

– Black chalk pastel or charcoal

Watch Patty’s Facebook Live Tutorial below, or click HERE to view on the Deep Space Sparkle Facebook Page.


To begin, start with a white piece 12″ x 18″ sulphite paper and a black oil pastel. Draw the kitten’s face, ears and eyes first using the black oil pastel or crayon.

Draw the round back that curls into the kitten’s hind leg.

Draw the front paw, then draw the tree branch that the kitten is sitting on. Start the branch from the left edge of the paper.

Draw the trunk of the tree, making a note to draw the tree trunk with curvy lines as opposed to straight lines.

Once the tree is drawn, go back to the kitten and add a tail and back paw.

Finish the face by drawing the nose and whiskers.

Draw the moon in the top half of the paper. The position of the moon can be determined by the students (behind the kitten, large, small, in the corner, etc.)

Next, add implied texture by using the oil pastel or crayon to draw wiggly lines in the tree trunk. Draw both long and short lines to represent the rough tree bark. Do you see how adding simple implied texture with line makes the tree look rough and bumpy?

Add lots of leave to the tree branches.

Now pick up the black chalk pastel or charcoal and color in the sky. Use the side of the chalk (break in half so it’s short) and loosely color in the night sky. Use one finger to smudge the black chalk background so it fills in the sky.

The elements of art and principles of design are a great roadmap for teaching art. To see examples and full lesson plans of other simple supply texture lessons, make sure to check out the Dreamy Dessert Drawing Techniques Bundle in The Sparklers’ Club.

For a full curriculum based on the elements, art and principles of design that includes lessons, videos, sketchbooks and more, check out the Elements and Principles Integration Curriculum (EPIC) in the Sparklers’ Club. Not a member? Join the waitlist here.

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