• A valuable element in the artist’s codebook is texture because it engages another sense besides sight.
• Texture is “tactile,” that is, it appeals to our sense of touch.
• Artists know this element can appeal to viewers and may try to recreate the illusion of texture, or add real texture to stimulate our tactile nature.
• Texture is related to value, in that it’s created by modifying the light on a surface (review the element of VALUE). We don’t need to touch a shiny silver bowl to know its surface is hard, smooth, and polished.
• But we can “sense” a crumpled piece of paper’s texture because of the hundreds of broken, abrupt value changes.
• In sculpture, hammering, carving, embossing or molding the surface of the material adds texture.
• Texture is a powerful art element because it can quickly evoke memories and emotions
• . Start becoming more aware of textures all around you—the carpet, in the clothes you’re wearing, and the fur on your cat.
• Finally, look carefully to see how Vincent van Gogh created unique texture in his painting of sunflowers