Color Moods


Can art be a mode of communication? You bet it can! Learners explore how colors are used to convey mood in art. First, the class listens to three very unique musical selections that convey three different moods. Then, they compare and contrast three different paintings that convey the same moods as the music. Finally, they create three music-inspired drawings that convey the moods they hear. Fantastic use of music, art, and emotional expression. 

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Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning

Narrative Art: What’s the Story?

Your third graders design works of art that reflect themselves. In this visual arts lesson, your class will examine works of art that tell stories and replicate the models as they transform a personal narrative of their own into a visual piece.

Shape to Form

Second graders explore art in two- and three-dimensional forms through hands-on experiences. By examining how animals appear in different two- and three-dimensional artworks, students see the difference between shape and form.

Penny for your thoughts

Students look at a variety of pieces of art and discuss them according to moods or feelings expressed. They pick a piece of art that they like and then write a poem or story to go with it.

Painting a Mood

Students create mood in paintings. In this visual arts lesson, students view the painting "Abacus Sliding" and identify the mood of the painting. Students use shapes in their own painting to convey a mood.

Art History Timeline and Lessons

Student groups create an art history timeline. They design collages to represent different periods of art throughout history, and recreate pieces from each era.

Lesson: Communication Through Clothing

As we all know, some clothing has a way of letting us know a little something about the person wearing it. Kids explore the idea that clothing can be a form of communication and artistic expression. They analyze a Native American textile piece with regard to the message it conveys. They then create t-shirt designs using their own name and expressive symbolism. 

My Many Colored Days

Students listen to the story "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss and understand the many different moods individuals have. They create a crayon resist picture by following very specific direction given by the teacher then they create a written story expressing the mood that the student is expressing in the picture they created.

Many Moods of March

Moods of March, Fall Feelings, April Attitudes, whenever you do this creative lesson, it's sure to be a hit with your young learners. Begin by reading a book about feelings, such as I Feel Like A Mouse, and having a class discussion about various emotions. Then learners create shamrocks, pumpkins, or umbrellas, depending on the season, that express their feelings. 

Mixed Media Underwater Mural

Now this is the type of activity that can engage the whole class. After completing a unit on fresh water ecosystems and animal life, learners help design and create a three-dimensional mural. They use what they've learned in science to inform the choices they make in art. The full instructions and materials list is included to take the guess work out of the project.

Lesson: Transformational Tapestries

Art can be found anywhere, even in the class recycle bin. El Anatsui is an artist that uses found materials to create two and three-dimensional art. Kids examine his techniques, discuss the differences between found art forms, and then work in groups to create their own art. Photos, resource links, and art notes make for an easily executable lesson.

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