In this art project kids get to reproduce their own version of Edvard Munch’s famous painting, “The Scream.” The best place to start is by looking at his painting and talking about what kids see. They may notice the orange sky, the swirls in the painting, or the spooky looking person. Talk about anything they notice in the painting. There were several versions made. You could compare the versions. You may also want to tell a little about Munch’s life and the Expressionist Movement.
Now give kids a chance to BE the spooky looking person! Take their picture as they’re imitating the screamer. Have the picture printed and let them cut right around the edges of their body. Pastels or paints can be used to create a similar feeling background. Munch used swirling warm colors for the sky. When the background is painted they can glue their body to the background. They are now starring in their own version of The Scream!
- Learn about Norway, the country Munch came from.
- The Scream was the target of several art thefts. . . research them (one happened during the Olympics).
- Create another version using cool colors instead and compare them.
- Munch really saw a red sky before he painted this. Some theorize that it was because of the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa. Study volcanoes and how ash can change the color of the sky.
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