Surface 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:
  • 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?

Either before beginning their sculptures, or shortly after they've begun, discuss options for painting of decorating the surface of their figures.

  • 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, Southwestern Pieta.

  • 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 the Thity.

  • 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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