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Title: Art with Feeling

Grade 6.
Show students pictures of paintings which are emotionally evocative (I chose abstract expressionist paintings because they are emotional, and look like something the students could draw themselves!). Ask the students how the art makes them feel, and why they feel that way. Encourage them to think about how colours and shapes can represent feelings. Then, students will listen to music (ideally, songs that vary from up-beat and happy to those that are more melancholy), and draw pictures representing how the songs make them feel.

-Critical Thinking: students communicate thoughts and feelings about music they hear, using language and a variety of art forms and media.
Visual Arts:
-Creative work: students produce works of art demonstrating a range of thoughts, feelings, emotions and ideas.
-Critical thinking: demonstrate awareness that artists use some elements of design to convey meaning.

Students work individually when they create their 'paintings,' but work in partners to discuss what they drew and why they drew it at the end of the activity.

-Having the students create their own art representing how they felt, rather than simply telling them that artists use paintings to convey feeling, will keep them far more interested and engaged.
-By actually playing an instrument (I played the guitar), you can also help keep your students attention.

-Observe the students while they are drawing
-Have the students explain to a partner why they drew what they did, and what feelings a particular object might convey
-Have the students each write a paragraph explaining how they felt, what they drew, and what they would title their artwork.

-Reduce or eliminate the writing component of the activity, and simply have the students explain why they drew what they did.
-Use less complicated or specific terminology (in terms of feelings, as well as in terms of the techniques artists use).
-You could also use art and music representing the different cultures and linguistic backgrounds of the students in your class, in order to make the lesson more accessible to all students.

"Artists in their time: Jackson Pollock" by Clare Oliver.
-flashcards of paintings by Jean Paul Riopelle.
-white paper, crayons, pencils, pencil crayons.

Submitted by: Matt Stockburn

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