Lesson Objectives: To show how different textures can be used in art to add interest and detail.

Time Required:  Two sessions:  One 20 minutes, one 1 hour.

Artist: Eric Carle, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


Materials (Day 1):

  • White 9×12 Watercolor Paper
  • Red paper (half a sheet per child)
  • Red tissue paper cut into 2 inch squares
  • Blue watercolor
  • Large watercolor brush
  • Watered down glue
  • Large paint brush for the glue

Materials (Day 2):

  • Brown strips of paper, crimped
  • Glue Sticks
  • Black Sharpie
  • Yellow paper for beaks
  • White paint
  • White glitter


Discuss how texture is used in art.  Eric Carle used Tissue Paper to create many of his artworks which created texture and depth to the pieces.

Procedure, Session 1:

1. Using wet on wet watercolor painting technique, paint the water color paper blue for the sky. (wet the paper first, then paint on the blue watercolor paint to make a washed out blue sky).  Set aside to dry. 

2.  Paint a thin layer of the watered down glue on the red paper.  Cover with pieces of the tissue paper, scrunching it up as you go.  Cover with another layer of the glue to make the tissue stick.  Set aside to dry. 

Procedure, Session 2:

  1. Using the strips of crimped brown paper, layer to create the trunk and branch of the tree on the blue water-colored background paper.
  2. Using the red tissue covered paper, have the kids draw the cardinal on the back side of the paper.  Walk them through drawing the following shapes to create the cardinal.

       3.  Cut out bird and glue body to top of branch and have the tail coming out the bottom of the branch.
       4.  Use black sharpie to crate the eye and mask around the beak and the legs and feet on the branch. 
       5.  Cut a small yellow triangle for the beak and glue on. 
       6.  Splatter paint white paint over the top for snow and sprinkle with white glitter while the paint is wet.