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January 2017

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 17 emotions they were drawing. Some went for a rainbow of color to portray silliness, while others chose warm or cool colors to show happiness or sad- ness. Each portrait was highly unique. Students colored their portraits with watercolor pencils and then added water, and they were amazed by how their drawings transformed. Students used watercolors for the hair and straws to blow it into a crazy mess. Once again, we discussed how colors change according to the emo- tion being expressed and most stu- dents considered this prior to adding the paint. Writing and Reflecting In the end, students reflected on the emotion they chose in a writing assessment, expressing why they chose that particular emotion and when in their lives they may have experienced it. S tudents enjoyed this project and were excited to participate in each part of the process. Many students who were having an especially emo- tional moment in their personal lives appeared to have found an outlet in this project, while others who were happy-go-lucky in their emotional state portrayed these emotions in a happy way, and often made funny faces while doing it. Melanie Robinson teaches K– 5 art (mrobinson@ northwestschools.net) and Mimi Kauffmann is the school counselor (mkauffmann@ northwestschools.net) at Cedar Springs Elementary in House Springs, Missouri. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K www.youtube.com/ watch?v=TOqGMuF8zMg Far left: Kendall, grade four. Left: Lily, grade five. Below: Libby, grade five.

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