Cultivating the Elements and Principles of Art (Part 2)

Every summer since I was very young I have experienced a bad case of poison ivy. I’ve used special soaps, unusual concoctions, and seek the advice or professional doctors and allergists. Chanting the old adage “Leaves of three, let them be.” while I work the garden is not unusual. Despite this evil little plant, I cannot seem to pull myself away from the beauty of a garden.

In a previous post Cultivating the Elements and Principles of Art (Part 1) I shared with you the bones of my garden and how I incorporate my art knowledge into its beauty. Using the elements of art to lay the ground work of what will become a thing of beauty.

The time and the labor put into this space is overwhelming but the end results help to make it worthwhile. Colors, shapes, lines, and texture call me here every summer. It is truly my living work of art.





Textural Weavings

Textural Weaving


  • distinguish between tactile and visual textures
  • create a woven textured wall hanging using burlap and raffia
  • use seeds and beans to create actual textural patterns

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is the difference between actual and visual texture? Show students a variety of different objects that have actual texture.  Have them touch the objects to identify how each one feels.  Then show them several different drawings or photos that show visual texture. Discuss how the artist creates a visual texture in each of the pieces.

Students will be given a 12 X 18 inch piece of burlap.  Discuss the difference between the warp and weft threads of the weaving.  Let the students spend some time removing weft threads from the burlap to create open areas.  Using raffia or colored yarn the students will weave color into the open areas. Students will glue patterns with seeds and beans onto the woven areas of the burlap creating an actual texture.