E-Day Art Lesson

3rd Grade

Faces and Feelings


8 ½ x 11 White sheet of paper



Colored pencils, crayons, or pastels



Below you will find four pictures that were created by famous artists.  Can you tell what feelings they are showing?  Are they happy; sad; angry; mad; worried; scarred; excited; etc.  What parts of each face can show feelings? Do our eyes change, nose, eyebrows, and forehead change?  Look closely at these features in each of the pictures.


Alexie Jawlensky – Blossoming Girl                 B. Paul Klee- Idol for Housecats

Image via Norton Simon Museum                    Image via Norton Simon Museum

Pablo Picasso-Weeping Woman with Hankerchief                        

  http://www.inminds.com.uk/end-the-occupation-1-27sepo3.html#weeping woman



Paul Klee-Two Heads                                E.  Ben Shahn-Dr. J Robert Oppenheimer

Images via Norton Simon                                Image via Milwaukee Art Muesum



 Gather all your supplies.

Look carefully in a mirror at the shape of your head. Decide what shaped head you have.  Is it square, oval, circular, etc…

Draw one of these shapes on you paper.

Next, look carefully at the shape of your eyes as you make an angry, mad, happy, or sad face in the mirror.  Draw your eyes on the shape you just drew.

Now add your nose, mouth, hair, ears, neck, and shoulders all by looking in the mirror for the shape and the placement of each.

Once you are happy with your picture in pencil, add color with colored pencils, markers, or pastels.

Also add things like a decorative background, hats, glasses, hair, jewelry, your pet, etc.

Sign your picture in the bottom right hand corner along with the date.

On the back, write a complete sentence to answer the following questions.


What shape did you draw for a head?

What shape did you draw for your eyes?

What features showed that your figure was happy, sad, excited, scared, etc?

If you were to do it again, what would you do differently?