Texture Artists: Art for Students of All Abilities
written by: Ashley A. Fournier
• edited by: Carly Stockwell
• updated: 1/27/2014
Students of all ability levels can be successful in this fun art activity that has students explore texture using nontraditional tools.
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Students with special needs often thrive in the art room as art is all about the process and creative self-discovery. As an art educator I make sure to place importance upon the process with the students and not focus on the product.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
5. Students can create a sculpture by adding to the surface; one of my favorite materials for making these sculptures are toothpicks. They are inexpensive, and easily snapped to create a variety of heights within a piece.
In creating works of arts with students who have special needs it is important to remember that it is primarily about the process and the exploration of the materials. Using traditional materials in an untraditional manner is a fun way to excite the students and bring them into the lesson. When they leave the art space their art piece might not look like any particular object, but it will reflect their exploration of their tools, their environment, and their ability to think outside of the box by finding unique tools for texture.