Extreme Emotions Art Lesson Plan for K-6

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What does the word emotion mean? What kinds of emotions do we experience on a day-to-day basis? How do we show emotion on our faces?

This lesson looks at emotions in a big, bold way. Taking inspiration from the Expressionists, students will create wild and exaggerated portraits showing extreme feelings.


About the Author:


Andrea Mulder-Slater has been an art educator for 25 years and an art curriculum developer for 18 years. She is also a professional artist and a homeschooler.

In addition to teaching art and art history classes and workshops at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, Andrea has worked as an educational consultant on various art education projects. Together with her mom Jantje, she created KinderArt® in 1997. It’s a website offering FREE art lessons, which has been visited more than 100 million times in the last ten years alone. That’s a lot of children affected by art! Andrea also writes about parenting, creativity and homeschooling for CBC, YMC, WDish, Today’s Parent, Creatubbles, the Association of Curriculum Development and Little Passports.

Andrea’s passion lies in helping teachers and parents bring out the creativity in their children and students, even if they don’t consider themselves artists. Her detailed child-tested lesson plans are easy to implement, and are guaranteed to promote creative exploration in small or large group settings. Most of all, the lessons are effective and they encourage individuality.


About the KinderArt Method:


The KinderArt Method focuses on individual creative exploration.

With that in mind, our lesson plans are designed to be adaptable, meaning you can use them for a wide range of ages.

In this way, you can cover the same skills and techniques with all of your students while giving them the freedom to learn at their own level. So, instead of prepping for a multitude of lessons for all of your classes, you only need to prep for one.

The goal is to allow your students the ability to make choices as they follow the lesson, whether it be through decisions about what colors to use or what kinds of lines to draw. Examples are included where possible to show you that even with the same set of directions, children can and will create completely unique works of art (even when the lessons are step-by-step).

Allow for some independence and you will be amazed at the results.

Also, the material lists often give you the option of more than one art medium. This is so you can work with what you have, instead of feeling as though you need to run to the store or order in expensive materials.

One final tip: If you are short on time, simply reduce the size of the project, or - swap out supplies (ie: use markers instead of paint).

Where there is a will, there is a way.


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