Lesson Plan Title : Frottage

Age Range: Grade 9 through grade 12 (High School)

Overview and Purpose: Textured rubbings are fun to do, but often they are left as just that. In this lesson, students are challenged to incorporate those textures into their pictures. They can include a grass or burlap welcome mat or bark on a tree. The rubbings add a whole new level of creativity for the artist.

Objective: The student will be able to use at least three types of textured rubbings in a picture.


Drawing paper

Variety of textured surfaces


Crayons or other drawing utensils


Discuss that frottage is creating a textured rubbing. Explain that the students can use a variety of surfaces in frottage. In this lesson they will need to use at least three in their drawing. The steps involve choosing which textures they want to use, deciding on a topic for their picture, and then drawing the picture and incorporating the rubbings. The order of the steps, however, will vary with the student.

Wrap Up:

Students should be encouraged to try unique placements of the textures in their pictures. This technique can be combined with several others to create a final student project.