Look at the related works of art and use the following discussion prompts to explore emotion in art with your class:
- What are the different types of human emotions, and how can we tell which emotions a person is feeling?
- How can pictures or stories make us feel happy, sad or angry? How does each of these paintings make you feel? Why?
- Which emotions are reflected in the painting? What choices did the artist make to reflect that emotion?
Think about colour, sound, line, textures, shapes, facial expressions, posture, symbolism and narrative.
- What similarities or differences can you see between the works of art?
- What could you change in each work of art to create a different emotion? For example, can you make Picasso’s Weeping woman into a Laughing lady?
Resources & materials
- A4 sketching paper
- A3 cartridge paper
- Oil pastels
- Watercolour paint
- Paint brushes
- Grey lead pencil
Students design and create their work through the following steps:
- Choose an emotion to represent in a portrait.
It might be related to an experience that created a strong emotion, for example spending time with a friend or losing a favourite toy.
- Sketch some ideas for what the portrait might look like.
Utilise expressive features, shapes and lines which might express that emotion.
- Draw the design onto A3 paper with pencil, dividing the background behind the figure into sections for different colours.
- Colour the larger areas using watercolour paint.
Think about colours that reflect the emotion you have chosen.
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Add lines, extra colour and further definition using oil pastel.
Present & reflect
Students show their portrait to a partner:
- Which emotion did you choose to show in your work?
- What artistic choices did you make to reflect that emotion?