Expressionism is a great tool to incorporate feelings and emotions with your kids while still learning about the fantastic artwork of that era. Should you need some resources to go alongside your art history lessons, these printables to teach kids about the expressionists will help.
Many people don’t know that the expressionist movement started in Germany. Although Vincent Van Gogh had been doing this type of art for some time, the expressionist movement wasn’t given a name until the early 1900s.
The artists of this era tried to convey the emotions of anger, anxiety, fear, or even peacefulness through their paintings. Rather than reality, the concept of expressing innermost feelings became an outlet.
Colors became an increasingly powerful aspect of painting to elicit the emotions surrounding the piece. The period in which these artists lived were portrayed in their artwork, as most of them had to flee Germany following World War II. Could you imagine the emotions that surrounded those times?
This is why using printables to teach kids about the expressionists can be a segue to exploring emotions with your students. Before the early 1900s, paintings were about what people visually could see, but this movement explores the minds of artists of the time.
So much goes on in the minds of our kids. Some things we actually may never know. When we can get kids talking about their feelings, we are getting to “know” our kids better.
With expressionism, parents can allow kids to relate colors with feelings. We can help them to express their feelings with painting even if only via the paint strokes, and we can help kids to actually communicate their feelings.
These resources can give you a start in teaching kids about emotions alongside your expressionist study:
Grab these printables to teach kids about expressionism:
Modern Art Movement Cards (Art Posters) | Art With Mrs Nguyen
What You Can Learn From the Expressionist Art Movement | Draw Paint Academy
Impressionism vs. Expressionism | Owlcation
Discovering Expressionist Techniques | The Art of Education
Expressionist Portraits | KinderArt
AP Art History Unit 28 (Early 20th century) PPT | Whitney Sheets
Abstract Art Lesson – Abstract Expressionism | A Space to Create Art
3 Kinds of Abstract Expressionism | Mann Art
Compare and Contrast- Abstract Expressionism Art | Art Junkie
Abstract Expressionism Art Lesson FREE | Tabors Art Room
Expressionism Art For Kids FREE Download | Education.com
Emphasis (in Abstract Expressionism) FREE PDF | Miss Logan’s
Of course, it would be a great disservice to learn about expressionism without learning about the artist involved. Two expressionist groups formed in Germany in the time, one was called The Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter), and one was The Bridge (Die Brücke}.
Here are some printables to teach kids about the expressionists from both groups:
Edvard Munch coloring pages | Super Coloring
Artist Poster on Edvard Munch | Masterpiece Momma
Munch THE SCREAM Art Lesson (from Art History for Elementary Bundle) | Whimsy Workshop Teaching
Famous Artist (Edvard Munch) – Biography Research Project, Interactive Notebook | Project Based Learning with Elle Madison
Vincent Van Gogh for Kids Books and Printable Resources | The Kitchen Table Classroom
Edvard Munch – Sketch & Reflect – Worksheet | The Little Teacher Lady
The Scream Worksheet Edvard Munch | Art Time
Jackson Pollock Artist Study | Homegrown Hearts Academy
Pollock Art Project for Kids | The Crafty Classroom
Jackson Pollock – Famous Artist Biography Research Project, Interactive Notebook | Project Based Learning with Elle Madison
Jackson Pollock Informational Worksheet | The Magnificent Paintbrush
The Art of Jackson Pollock – WebQuest / Internet Scavenger Hunt & Art Project | Innovations in Technology
Pollock (Jackson) 3-Part Art Cards | Montessori Print Shop
Expressionism with Franz Marc | Michael Begenyi
Expressionism. A Revolution in German ArtWomen of Abstract ExpressionismOil Painting in The 21st Century: Impressionism to Neo-ExpressionismThe painting life of Vincent van GoghVincent van Gogh (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists)Jackson Pollock (Revised Edition) (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists (Revised))Edvard Munch: love and angst
You may learn so much about your kids by incorporating their emotions and input with an expressionist study in your homeschool. Using resources on emotions alongside printables to teach kids about the expressionists is a great idea.
More than anything, you can correlate that expressing feelings is healthy, and even the best artists in the world paved the way for us to be able to cope with our emotions. Remember to let them know that the Lord made these feelings for us to have, and it is what we do with them that counts.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!