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Rubbings artwork

Rubbings Artwork

Make your own artwork in the style of Max Ernst

Frottage is a french word that means 'rubbing'. It is when you create a rubbing of a textured surface using a pencil or other drawing material. Texture is how something feels when you touch it e.g. soft, hard, bumpy, rough, firm, prickly, sticky etc..

Can you think of some words to describe an objects texture?

You will need: paper, pencil or coloured pencil or wax crayons.

Now find some objects that have different textures (feel different).

Take a piece of paper and fold it to create square/ rectangle areas.

Place one of these paper areas over your object and hold it firmly. Then rub the side of a pencil, coloured pencil or wax crayon over the surface of the paper. Repeat with a rubbing of each of your different objects until all your paper areas have been filled.

You now have your own frottage artwork.

Below is another of Max Ernst's frottage pictures.

Can you make a picture out of different rubbings? Look at some of the work of other artists and children  below for some ideas to help you.