In this activity students will develop their emotional vocabulary and visual literacy, practise expressing emotions from familiar situations, and develop their understanding of how emotion can be conveyed through art. Students will experiment with a range of media and processes and apply these approaches to create their own expressive artwork which evokes a feeling.
Identify and discuss how ideas and emotions are expressed in works of art from the NGV Collection.
Use and experiment with oil pastel and watercolour paint to visually express their experiences, ideas and emotions.
Design and create a mixed-media portrait composition.
Share ideas with their classmates about the expressive choices they made in their artwork.
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?