26 Mar


3rd grade students enjoyed exploring the relationship between color and emotion for this project. To introduce the lesson, I read My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. The vibrant oil painted illustrations related beautifully to the emotions being described by color. Students then chose the emotion they wanted to represent and picked the color that went best with it. They learned how to create tints and shades of one color using white and black tempera paint. They were amazed to find how many different versions of their color they were able to mix.

The second class, we read Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberely. We noticed how each monster’s features were made up of simple shapes and different shades of a similar color. Students were challenged to create their emotion monster only using the colors found in their paintings completed the previous class. We talked about facial expressions and how you can tell how someone is feeling by observing their face. The students did a great job at representing their monsters’ emotions using color and facial features. To wrap up the lesson, each student filled out a bio sheet with their monster’s name, emotion, and a few fun facts about him or her. They loved it! Such personality…





  1. Helen May 30, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    Hi there, I seen the link to your blog on DSS and thought I would come take a look! I have started a blog, not quite as advanced as yours yet but thought I would drop by to say hello and well done, it looks great and the artwork is awesome! I live in New Zealand and teach after school art classes from age 5 – 12. Prior to that I had an online business in the UK which is what the link below is. I will send you a link to my blog when it’s a bit more established.

    • colorsofmyday June 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      Helen, thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog! It’s awesome to know that fellow art teachers from around the world are reading. New Zealand must be a great place to teach art!

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