My 12-week exploratory class made the above examples.
We began the class by reading Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” Then we reread the book through the eyes of an illustrator and noted all the rich textures. Finally, I had my students fill out a worksheet with some of the various textures they saw.
Then we created our monsters. Today the kids made their first monster with no texture. Tomorrow they will reproduce their monsters four times and apply a different texture to each one.