Texture Blocks for Gelli Arts® Printing with Birgit Koopsen Lesson Plan


·      Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT) create a block of textures.

·      SWBAT develop their planning skills.

·      SWBAT use the block that they have created to create Gelli Arts® prints.

·      SWBAT define the word texture and how it is important in their artwork.


What is texture?

Where do you see texture in your everyday life?

List five different types of texture.

Is it important to use texture in art?


Gelli Arts® plate, roller, acrylic paint in multiple bright colors, paper, newsprint, masking tape (to tape newsprint to table), baby wipes, aprons, pencils, wood block (2×4 cut into 4” pieces), glue, double-sided adhesive, embossing tool, and various textured objects and fabrics (ex. Designs cut into craft foam, anti-slip mat, legos, push pins, straws, toothpicks, cardboard, rubber bands, paperclips, coins, buttons, etc.)


·      Texture – The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface; The perceived surface quality of a work of art.


Texture blocks have six sides and are used as mark making tools in Gelli Arts® printing. You can use anything that will create texture on them, from office supplies to fabrics. The possibilities are endless.

A tip for those struggling with ideas would be to think of a theme to base your textures off of, such as nature or geometric shapes.


  • Texture Blocks for Gelli Arts® Printing
    • First, make sure that your wood block has been sanded and is smooth so that there are no splinters while using.
    • Decide if you want to a theme for your block and plan it out. Then, gather your textures.
    • Adhere your textures to the block by using glue or double-sided tape.
    • Use your texture block as a mark making tool to create Gelli Arts® prints.

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