In fourth grade, students studied emotions and facial expressions, specifically the physical changes in the face when someone feels sad, happy, excited, surprised, angry, etc. We looked at how colors play an important role with emotions, and how you can often associate a feeling with a color. Students explored drawing different expressions and connecting them to related colors. Then, we looked at the art movement, Expressionism. In class, we discussed how artists use brush strokes and color to express their feelings at the time that they are creating their artwork. In particular, we looked at Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” and how he uses active lines and dull colors to reveal his emotion. Students chose a final emotion to express in a self-portrait, and studied the intricacies of their own face when making an expression. Finally, students drew with yarn to mimic the active lines that Munch used in “The Scream,” paying close attention to choosing the right colors to express their emotion. This is a personal favorite, as the results are always so unique!