Texture Extension Activities
Explain that the surface texture of a sculpture is the boundary separating
mass and space. Surface texture can be smooth, rough, bumpy, gritty, carved,
polished, patterned, prickly, etc.
Add item #3 below to the features you ask students to look for while analyzing
the Chicana/o sculptures.
Ask students to describe:
1) the actual masses of each sculpture,
2) how space in involved with each sculpture
3) the surface texture
Add the following to your discussion questions:
Either before beginning
their sculptures, or shortly after they've begun, discuss options for painting
of decorating the surface of their figures.
- Describe the surface
where mass and space come together. What sort of texture is on that
surface? Is the surface the same all over the sculpture? Are there any
small attachments to the surface? Is the surface a single color, two
colors, more colors?
- Eva Pérez
Little People Series 6 left
the fired surface of her clay sculpture undecorated.
- Gilbert Luján
painted the cardboard surfaces of Hot Dog
Meets La Fufú con su Poochie.
- Luis Jiménez
used airplane paint to finish the surface of his fiber glass cast sculpture,
- Riley Roca applied
subtle green and brown patinas to some surfaces of La
Virgen de Guadalupe and polished
other surfaces to reveal the golden color of bronze.
- Larry Yánez
painted a dot pattern of on his wood
and metal sculpture, Monthter What Ate
- Ester Hernández
painted the skull face and watermelon, and added more color to La
Pelona with the attached human hair, ribbons, and a tiny earring.
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