Art Lessons with Texture are one some of my favorite to teach and create. They are always a big hit with the students; they are messy and a new experience for most. Here's a simple art lesson idea that combines texture and color to make great abstract art.
I always use modeling paste, but it can be fairly expensive. Joint compound and paintable caulking will also work as a less expensive option. Spread paste on a board or hardboard canvas like you were icing a cake. I had all sorts of stamps, lids, bubble wrap, etc., available to make designs and imprints into the paste. Divide board into sections, if you want, and do each section a different texture. Let dry completely-usually takes about 48 hours.
This is also a great lesson to introduce the color wheel and discuss some basic color theory.
Have students decide on a color scheme for their painting.
It's hard to tell in this picture, but after the paint dried, we used metallic paint and dry brushed over the top. It really makes the texture "pop".
This is a great way to make some cool art for your home too. I did a post awhile back on Easy Art to Create For Your Home; it's so easy and inexpensive to make your own art as decor!