Students will learn about texture as they experiment with crackle patterns using paper, crayons and paint.
- Students will learn about texture as they experiment with crackle patterns. If possible, students will relate their drawings with raku pottery.
- Students will create a crayon crackle picture.
- Students will learn to appreciate the art created not only by them, but by others as well.
What You Need:
- White paper (computer printer paper — nothing too thick)
- Crayons (all colors of the rainbow)
- Ink (for older) or Paint (for younger) . Any color will do but black is especially effective
- White glue
- Construction paper (optional)
What You Do:
- If possible, show your students examples of pottery with crackle glazes. Certain types of Raku pottery have a lovely crackle surface. Click here to see an example.
- Tell your students that they will have a chance to created drawings with a crackle finish.
- Each student should receive a piece of paper (no larger than 8-1/2″ by 11″) and some crayons to start.
- Any image or design at all can be created on the paper using crayons. Your students should be encouraged to apply the crayon rather heavily.
- Once the paper is covered with crayon, have your students take and crumple it up — making sure not to rip it to bits. The idea here is the crumple – not to destroy.
- Now, your students should lay the paper out as flat as it will go. A piece of newspaper might not be a bad idea (to protect tables and desks).
- The next step involves covering the crumpled paper with watered down paint. Make sure that the paint is not to thick by testing it on a scrap piece of paper. A thin wash of color is what your students are after.
- Using a paintbrush, your students can cover the paper with a paint wash. The paint will go into all the little cracks that began to appear when the paper was crumpled.
- Let it dry.
- Once dry, a coating of white glue can be brushed onto the paper. This will protect the drawing while giving it a nice sheen.
- Display the work by gluing onto construction paper and talk about the process.
by Dawn Sirett
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