Expressing Emotions through Art Lesson 1—Everyone Shows They Care

In a lesson that explores art and emotions, scholars analyze a piece of art and discuss which emotions it portrays. They go on to reflect on their own emotions and how they are similar to the feelings expressed artistically. Participants use their knowledge of design to draw a portrait featuring a specific emotion.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Gather a collection of picture books that showcase characters expressing emotions
  • When a child has trouble expressing themselves, invite them to draw a picture
  • Display finished products on and around an emotions-themed focus wall
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson takes two class periods to complete
  • This is the first lesson in a series of four that examines art and emotions
Pros
  • Boosts social-emotional learning competency—self-awareness
  • Allows learners to express themselves through art
Cons
  • None