Tactile textures

Levels 3-6

Experiment with paper crafting techniques to create an assortment of textures and form a tactile chart that can be displayed in the classroom or used in future lessons about this unique art element.

Learning objectives

  • Identify and describe different textures in works of art and design
  • Apply paper crafting techniques to replicate different textures
  • Develop practical art making skills such as cutting, tearing, scrunching and gluing

Workshop instructions

Resources & materials

  • A5 card
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A4 paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick


  1. With your ruler and pencil, divide your A5 card into six even boxes.
  2. Think of six different textures to create with paper and write them in the boxes
  3. Create different textures with the A5 paper and glue them down onto your chart. For example,
    • Bumpy: Tear and scrunch the paper into little bumps
    • Hairy: Cut some paper into thin pieces and scrunch them up lightly.
    • Rough: Tear a few strips of paper to create rough edges
    • Scaly: Cut round semi-circles that look like fish scales
    • Shaggy: Make lots of little cuts into a strip of paper and ruffle them up.
    • Smooth: Cut some flat, smooth shapes.