In this activity, students will explore emotional impact using line, color, and shape.
Materials needed: 4 sheets of blank paper per student; markers, colored pencils, or crayons.
Have students title each sheet of paper with each of the following words: anger, happiness, loneliness, calm. On each page, ask students to create a totally abstract composition to express the emotion written on it. They must use at least two colors, one type of line, and an arrangement of shapes. No images or words are allowed.
Group together and display the pages for each emotion. Did students use similar colors, lines, and shapes for the same emotions? Ask the group to discuss their observations.
Show the following images:
1. Lee Bul Plexus Blue
2. Donald Judd Untitled
3. Franz Marc The Large Blue Horses
4. Georgia O’Keeffe Lake George Barns
5. Mark Rothko untitled
6. Kazuo Shiraga Untitled
For each artwork, discuss the feelings or emotions
you think the artist has expressed. Look at the colors, lines, textures,
and shapes. Compare
these to your classmates’ drawings
of particular emotions. Try to find characteristics used by the students
and the artists to express similar feelings.
Which artworks seem the most expressive to you? Which seem the least expressive?
Do you think a work must express a feeling or emotion in order to be art? Why or why not?
What is more interesting to you: the shapes and colors in an artwork or the feelings and emotions it seems to express?
©2004 Walker Art Center
Key Questions:1. What is art?