Grade: Elementary
Subject: Art

#1815. Power of Color on Emotion

Art, level: Elementary
Posted Fri Jun 23 09:56:26 PDT 2000 by Debra F. Wesley (mazda50@pitnet).
Roosevelt Elementary School, Waterloo, IA 50703
Materials Required: Internet, Inspiration
Activity Time: 7+ lessons
Concepts Taught: color,emotion

Internet 101: Using the Internet to Support Teaching and Learning: Final Project



Subject Matter Emphasis and Level:

Using color as an element of art to create mood and feelings in paintings at the 5th grade level

Brief Description of the lesson:

Students will utilize given online and offline resources to select, analyze, and journal bout a particular artist's expression of mood and feelings through the use of color schemes. Students will then produce paintings that demonstrate the use of color mixing and schemes that show a variety of different emotions.

Why Do This?

The topic gives meaning to the students' learning process, assisting them in understanding how to create, perform, and participate in art, to use art materials and resources, and to know how to respond and analyze art. Students will then be empowered to become knowledgeable persons/life long learners, complex thinkers/critical thinkers, effective communicators, quality producers, self-directed learners, collaborative participants, and community contributors.


The lesson focuses on each student's ability to effectively use reference resources and the element of color to visually communicate personal expression in a quality painting. Students will individually and/or in groups examine paintings of various artists selecting one artist that interests them, whose paintings inflict a mood or evoke a certain emotion. Journal writing will allow students to reflect on what was observed. The students' prior learning and knowledge on color theory will allow them to experiment with the properties and characteristics of color. Relating personal emotion may be difficult for certain students to achieve. Examining Expressionists paintings will help to address this issue.


Assessment is ongoing as students journal, work on evaluating color/emotion in an artist's painting, and in the process of producing a quality product showing emotion through color.

Teaching Strategies

The best practice for students will be the hands-on experience of working with art materials to produce a project that reflects personal emotion through color and the operation of the computer for Internet access/information. The experience of exploring a variety of resources to examine various artists' complex thinkers. Students become self-directed learners as they make choices that are critical to the end product, giving ownership.

Materials and Resources
Books and resources

History of Art by H.W. Janson
Fine Art Reproductions Old and Modern Masters: New York Graphic Society Ltd.
The Art Book by Phaidon
The Dictionary of Art by Grove's Dictionaries
Classroom Resource Library
Complete Wilson Art Series CD-ROM disks produced by Reading & O'Reilly
ArtRageous CD-ROM produced by SoftKey
Inspiration 5.0

Community Resources

Waterloo Public Library
Cedar Falls AEA7

Technology Resources

The Louvre
Metropolitan Museum of Art
National Gallery of Art
Detroit Institute of Art
Art inContext
World Wide Art Resources
20th Century Artists
Paul Gauguin
Art WebQuest
Gillian Westera
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators


Students will work in groups of three (3) or four (4) when accessing various Internet sites and independently on the artist evaluation and paintings. Tavles will be arranged in a circle, each seating four (4) students. The computers will be on portable computer tables at one end of the classroom facing the students.
Students who need extra help will be able to get assistance before and after the school day. The project will be appropriately modified to meet the specific level of a special needs student. Students with severe special needs will also be accompanied by an associate.

Support Services

Equipment will be set up and operational prior to the beginning of classes. A special needs associate will accompany any students with needs. A teacher associate will assist in classroom climate control.

1. When was the document created?
2. Who is the Author?
3. What sort of content is there?
4. How does content compare with traditional resources?
5. Is the information user friendly?
6. What sort of site has allowed this information to be published?

Artist Evaluation

What colors are used in the artist's painting?

Are tints and shades used in the painting? ______________________________
How are they used? ________________________________________________

What is the color scheme? ___________________________________________
How does it set the mood or feeling of the painting? Explain________________

Are there value and/or intensity in the artist's colors?______________________
How does this affect your feelings about the painting? _____________________