Fifth and sixth graders viewed and discussed Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream”. They talked about and considered what the artist might have been feeling when he created the painting. They made note of the anxious and fearful vibe that the painting gives off. Students sketched themselves in the place of the screamer. They thought about what gives them anxiety – and they included this in their drawings. Maybe they are scared of spiders? Maybe it’s a big test coming up – or homework? They included their fear in the background of their drawing. They also mimicked Munch’s fearful pose – with their hands up to their faces — and they also captured the mouth agape.
Final drawings were traced with crayon and filled in with watercolor paint. Students were encouraged to use bold, expressive colors just as Munch used.