Kitten’s First Full Moon & How to Teach Texture

If you’re looking for an easy approach to teaching kids art, there’s no better system than using the elements and principles of art.

This is the seventh tutorial in our Series CONNECTING WITH THE ELEMENTS – How to teach the Elements & Principles of Art. This week I’m talking TEXTURE.

What is Texture and why is it important?

Texture is one of the elements that brings excitement for children in the art room because the materials may be different than those used in their everyday art projects. This is a great time to introduce yarn weaving’s, fabric art and playing with textures.

But if you don’t have time for elaborate weaving’s or a fiber art unit, texture can be introduced through general drawings and relief printing. The idea is to create implied texture, which means creating a work of art that looks as though there is texture.

In the lesson demonstrated below, children use simple oil and chalk pastels to create implied textured in the tree bark.

What you’ll need:

– 12″ x 18″ white all-purple drawing paper

– Black oil pastel or waxy crayon

– Black chalk pastel

Watch Patty’s Facebook Live Tutorial below, or click HERE to view on the Deep Space Sparkle Facebook Page.

* This video is also available to you if you’re a Sparkler in the Sparkler’s Club, located in the EPIC Curriculum TEXTURE Bundle.

Here’s what to do:

Download the PDF (click the image below) to access a simple line drawing of the kitten in a tree based on the book, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.

Kitten's First Full Moon-Drawing the cat

  • Draw kitten’s face, ears and eyes first.
  • Then draw the round back that curls into the kitten’s hind leg.
  • Draw the front paw, then draw the tree branch that the kitten is sitting on. Start the branch from the left edge of the paper.
  • Draw the trunk of the tree, making note to draw the tree trunk with curvy lines as opposed to straight lines.
  • Once the tree is drawn, go back to the kitten and add a tail and back paw.
  • Finish the face by drawing the nose and whiskers.
  • Draw the moon in the top half of the paper. The position of the moon can be determined by the child (behind the kitten, large, small, in the corner, etc).

Kitten's First Full Moon-Drawing the cat

To add TEXTURE, use the oil pastel to draw wiggly lines in the tree trunk. The lines–both long and short–represent the tree bark.

Add lots of leaves to the tree branches.

Use a black chalk pastel (break in half if chalk piece are new: you want a short piece) and color in the NEGATIVE space. Use the side of the chalk and be careful not to color too dark. Black chalk is extremely messy so make sure you have newspaper protecting your table and provide lots of baby wipes.

Kitten's First Full Moon-Drawing the cat

After drawing with the oil pastel and coloring the background with the chalk pastel, use one finger to smudge the black chalk background.

The goal is to create a medium dark color: not too dark and not too light.

After the background is colored, look at the pictures in the book and observe how the illustrator added shadows to the illustrations. Also, notice the dark, heavy lines around the main areas of the drawing. Add more shadows and strong, black lines if you’d like.

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To watch previous art tutorials and download the worksheets, click the links below:

Line & Pattern Art Tutorial & Worksheet

Shape Art Tutorial & Worksheet

Color Art Tutorial & Worksheet

Contrast & Emphasis Art Tutorial & Worksheet

Movement & Rhythm Art Tutorial & Worksheet

Value Art Tutorial & Worksheet

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  • Shana

    Thank you, desperate for a library/art lesson and this is perfect and adorable!

  • Anne Larson

    Excellent lesson. Concepts clearly taught in lesson which capture’s students’ attention and involvement.

  • Nancy Sapp

    I have 2 grandsons who are trying hard at working on sketching & painting. (their ages are 11 and 7) Any easy tips for shading, shadows, painting water & other easy tips would be greatly appreciated.

  • Rajalakshmi Karthick

    I want worksheet for elements and principles of art.

  • Synnøve Herstad

    Thank you, this will be helpfull

  • Jessica

    Looks like a great lesson!

  • elizabeth

    Another great lesson for art drop-in at community centre

  • Joy Mewhinney

    Thanks for the user-friendly ideas!

    • Patty

      You’re welcome! Glad it’s helpful!

  • Jeanne Pollard

    Love this texture lesson! If I wanted to add a pop of color to this drawing, where do you suggest it could go and would you use chalk pastel or oil pastel?

    • Patty

      Thank you! And great question. Adding a pop of color would be amazing! I would use oil pastel as it tends to smudge less therefore making the POP really POP! Would love to see your project when you finish it. Consider joining the free Dazzler Facebook group > https://www.facebook.com/groups/DSSstudents/

      • Jeanne

        Thank you for the advice. I am already a member of the Facebook group. Waiting for the Sparkler Club to open back up to join!

  • Nabil Adoko

    I am a student of Chatsworth high school I like my art I colouring I struggle in drawing again but art is in my subject as school I would love 1 to 1 lesson to learn how to perfect my drawing. If you could get back to me that will be great. thanks
    Nabil Adoko

  • layla

    I like art

  • Jen

    Where can I find the PDF instructions of the kitten drawing? Thank you!!

  • Patty Malay

    Would love this!

  • Diana Martinez

    Please send me the PDF for lesson on texture.

  • Monique


    It seems the lesson plan is no longer available. Is there another place I can find it?

    Thank you

    • Bethany

      Hi Monique, this is Bethany from Team Sparkle. Thanks so much for your interest in this lesson. It looks like the link was broken, sorry. Try again, it should be working now. Enjoy.

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