Create your own version of famous artist, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. Explore how artists convey strong emotions in art with kids for an interesting Halloween art project. All you need are colored yarn, glue, and our free “The Scream” printable!
Who Is Edvard Munch?
Edvard Munch was a famous artist from Norway who painted pictures that showed strong feelings and emotions. One of his most famous paintings is called “The Scream,” where a person looks really scared and sad.
Munch liked to use bright colors, and he created paintings that made people think about how they felt inside. His art helps us understand our feelings better, and he is still remembered as a special artist today.
Art Techniques Used In “The Scream”
Color: Munch used bold and vivid colors to create a dramatic and emotionally charged atmosphere. The swirling reds, oranges, and yellows in the sky evoke a sense of anxiety and tension.
Emphasis on Line: Munch used strong, sweeping lines to create a sense of movement in the painting. The swirling lines in the sky and the railing of the bridge draw the viewer’s eye into the scene.
Printmaking Techniques: While “The Scream” is most famous as a painting, Munch also created several lithographic and pastel versions of the image. These printmaking techniques allowed him to experiment with color and texture in different ways.
Texture and Brushwork: Munch’s brushwork in “The Scream” is expressive and dynamic. He used thick and textured brushstrokes to create a sense of energy and emotion in the painting.
Choice of Medium: The original version of “The Scream” is a tempera on cardboard, which was a relatively smooth surface to work on. This allowed Munch to include fine details and intricate lines.
Repetition: Munch created many versions of “The Scream,” including paintings, lithographs, and pastels. This repetition allowed him to explore the emotional intensity of the scene and experiment with different colors and techniques.
Create your interpretation of Munch’s The Scream using yarn. Think about the emotions you want to convey with the colors, and texture of the yarn. Grab the free printable template below to get started!
Why Study Famous Artists?
Studying the artwork of the masters not only influences your artistic style but even improves your skills and decisions when creating your own original work.
It is great for kids to be exposed to different art styles and experiment with other mediums and techniques through our famous artist art projects.
Kids may even find an artist or artists whose work they like and will inspire them to do more of their own artwork.
Why is learning about art from the past important?
- Kids who are exposed to art have an appreciation for beauty!
- Kids who study art history feel a connection to the past!
- Art discussions develop critical thinking skills!
- Kids who study art learn about diversity at a young age!
- Art history can inspire curiosity!
Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started
Here are a few resources to help you introduce art more effectively to your kids or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.
- Free Color Mixing Mini Pack
- Getting Started with Process Art
- Preschool Art Projects
- How to Make Paint
- Easy Painting Ideas For Kids
- Free Art Challenges
- Pop Art Ideas
- What Are The 7 Elements Of Art?
- STEAM Activities (Science + Art)
- Put Together An Art Cart
Tips For Introducing “The Scream” To Kids
While “The Scream” painting is famous for its intense and somewhat unsettling expression, you can adapt your approach to make it more accessible and engaging for children. Here are some tips:
Consider the age and maturity level of the children you are introducing to the artwork. “The Scream” may be more suitable for older children who can appreciate its symbolism and discuss their feelings about the painting.
Before showing the painting, offer some context about the artist and the time period in which it was created. You can mention that Edvard Munch was a famous painter from Norway and that “The Scream” is one of his most famous works.
Talk with kids about the emotions they see in the painting. Ask them what they think the person in the painting might be feeling and why. Encourage them to use descriptive words like “scared,” “worried,” or “excited.”
Share interesting facts about the painting. For example, you can mention that there are several versions of “The Scream,” including paintings, lithographs, and pastels, and that it has been stolen and recovered multiple times.
Create an open and non-judgmental space for children to share their thoughts and feelings about the painting. Encourage them to ask questions and express their reactions.
After discussing the painting, you can have them create their own versions of “The Scream” using our printable template and colored yarn. This allows them to express their own emotions through art.
Be mindful that “The Scream” can be unsettling for some children. If a child finds the painting distressing, respect their feelings and offer comfort. Art can evoke strong emotions, and it’s important to acknowledge and validate them.
By adapting your approach and providing age-appropriate context, you can introduce “The Scream” to kids in a way that sparks their curiosity, encourages discussion, and helps them appreciate the power of art to convey emotions and ideas.
“The Scream” Art Project For Kids
Note: You can also use other mediums for this piece, such as markers, oil pastels, or crayons.
- The Scream template
- Various Yarn
STEP 1: Print the Scream template.
STEP 2: Glue pieces of colored yarn onto the template in any design you like. Think about the colors you want to use to convey the emotions in the picture.
STEP 3: Trim any excess yarn.
TIP: It’s easier to trim the yarn once the piece is dry.
STEP 4: Cut out the design and glue to a piece of cardstock. Trim.
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