The Scream and Blow Painting

Scream+Blowpaint-714x1024I found this idea about combining Munch’s Scream and blow painting from Washington Elementary School in Michigan, and it was a huge hit two years ago. I thought it was worth passing on again.

Warm up: Look at Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting to see how much expression can be created with lines and color.

1. Draw a head that takes up the bottom half of the paper. Draw a large mouth and raised features as shown so the face looks tilted up.

2. Trace all the lines with a black Sharpie marker.

3. Color heavily with crayon. The goal is to not have any blown paint sit on top of the face and clothes.

4. Use a straw to dab liquid watercolor paint around the head. Blow outward as much as possible to get thick and then thin lines.

10/23 UPDATE: I’m so happy I can give credit to the inspiration for this project – Joslyn who posted it on her blog in 2011. She has further tips and a recommended book so please check it out here:  Thanks Joslyn, it’s a super popular project idea!

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