Program Description
Expressionism is the use of color, exaggeration, and distortion to convey an emotion, a feeling, a mood. I will work with the staff to form an idea about subject matter. Some possible themes may be school community, local community, school rules, wellness encouragement, uplifting quotes and imagery, and positive environmental relationships. I will then create a design that will be transferred to the panels using basic line. Students will then use their newly acquired painting skills to create a vibrant, expressionist mural at the school. Besides learning painting techniques such as blending and texture making, students will learn color theory, mixing, connotations, and temperature. Much of expressionism has to do with color. They will also learn about expressionism, composition, and teamwork.

Final Product
A long lasting mural to brighten the school for years to come.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will work together to make one large piece of art for their school, helping form pride in themselves, their school, and their school community.
  • Students will learn what Expressionism is and see some historical examples of expressionist artists as well as a better, more well rounded understanding of the chosen subject matter.
  • Students will learn and practice a variety of painting techniques and about color theory, mixing, temperature, connotations, and value.
  • Students will learn about the foundational elements of art including line, space, shape, color, form, and texture. They will also learn the principles of design including unity, balance, scale/proportion, contrast and hierarchy.
  • Students will use their creativity and imaginations while gaining creative problem solving skills.

Suggested Grades

  • Appropriate for all grade levels

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 1.25 hours of prep per day, plus 6 hours per residency for design and layout
  • Materials: $1.50 per student
  • Travel from Eugene