EXPLORING ALUMINUM FOIL TAPE – Texture, Pattern, Colour

Students experiment with aluminum foil tape, markers and acrylic paint to create a variety of textures, patterns and colour effects.

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 3 to Grade 9

Subject

Art Techniques
Language Arts

Vocabulary

colour pattern texture tooling

Materials

Markers Acrylic Paint Paint Brushes Sketchbook or Drawing Paper Dull Pencils Paper Towels Water Containers Aluminum Foil Tape Wooden Candy Apple Sticks

Steps

EXPLORING ALUMINUM FOIL TAPE – Texture, Pattern, Colour - Step One

Step One

  1. Tear or cut pieces of aluminum foil tape and press them onto the paper.
  2. Use your fingers or a piece of paper to flatten and smooth the tape.
EXPLORING ALUMINUM FOIL TAPE – Texture, Pattern, Colour - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Use 3 or 4 pieces of tape.
  2. Try different things, for example,
    - place them close together 
    - leave a small space between them
    - tear the ends
    - cut the ends
EXPLORING ALUMINUM FOIL TAPE – Texture, Pattern, Colour - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Place a soft paper towel or piece of felt under the paper.
  2. Draw into the foil tape using a dull pencil or a candy apple stick.
EXPLORING ALUMINUM FOIL TAPE – Texture, Pattern, Colour - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Experiment with ways to add patterns, textures and colour effects. 
  2. Record your ideas, for example,
    - don't put marker on top of paint it will rub off the paint
    - once you put the marker on draw your design
    - once you put paint on let it dry, then rub it off and use marker
  3. Compare your ideas with those of your classmates.
  4. Think of how you might use these techniques in an artwork.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • generate a variety of ideas on how to create texture and pattern on the foil tape;
  • generate a variety of ideas on how to create colour effects on the foil tape;
  • experiment with tools, markers and paints to make your ideas visible;
  • reflect on what you have learned;
  • share your ideas with peers.

Extensions

Have students:

  • apply what they have learned in an artwork on a theme of their choosing;
  • share their work with their peers.

Prepare

  1. ​Prepare a piece of paper with aluminum foil tape on it for demonstration purposes.
  2. Download and display the Texture and Repetition posters available on this website.
  3. Teach or review concepts about texture and pattern.
    - texture - the way a surface feels, or looks as if it feels
    - pattern - motifs repeated in a predictable way
  4. Download images of tooled leather from the Internet, for example,
    Leather
    Comb Case
    Chair

Introduction

  1. View an image of tooled leather and ask students how they think it was made.
  2. Share information about the process.
    - first the leather is dampened
    - a design is drawn or cut into the soft leather
    - special tools are used to 'tool' the leather
    - the artist uses different amounts of pressure to tap on the tools with a small rubber mallet 
    - a special tool is used to push down or bevel some edges of the design
    - some special tools are used to stamp into the leather to make patterns or textures
  3. Show students the aluminum foil tape and how to smooth it onto a piece of paper.
  4. Explain that the aluminum foil tape can be used to get a similar effect as the tooled leather.
  5. Demonstrate how to make marks in the foil using a dull pencil and/or a wooden candy apple stick.
  6. View the Texture poster and discuss the difference between real and simulated textures.
  7. View the Repetition poster and discuss how to make a pattern.
  8. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Generate a variety of ideas on how to create texture and pattern on the foil tape;
  2. Generate a variety of ideas on how to create colour effects on the foil tape;
  3. Experiment with tools, markers and paints to make your ideas visible;
  4. Reflect on what you have learned;
  5. Share your ideas with peers.

The Process

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - used my own ideas to create a variety of textures
    - used my own ideas to create a variety of patterns
    - experimented with ways to add colour effects
    - made my ideas visible
    - reflected on what I have learned
    - written summary notes about what I have learned
  3.  Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Encourage them to share and expand on each other's ideas as they explore the materials.  
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Place students into small groups. 
  2. Ask them to: 
    - compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects;
    - talk about how and why they might use these techniques in other art projects;
    - talk about what was difficult and what was easy for them.
  3. Share ideas with the whole class. 
  4. Ask them to tell how they felt about doing this project.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss the artworks – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - FoilTape_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students write a reflection in their sketchbooks describing their process using the following headings:
    - Generating Ideas
    - Making My Ideas Visible
    - Three things I Learned
    - How I Would Use What I Learned

Downloads