The Scream: Expressionistic Drawings

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For this project, students watched a video about the painting style of Edvard Munch, a Norwegian Painter and one of the early Expressionists.

Link to Video: Edvard Munch, “The Scream”

Expressionist painters sought to capture a feeling or emotion in their work and to convey that emotion through their choice of imagery and color. Realism was less important than the “mood” implied by the art.

Munch’s “The Scream” is one of his most famous paintings as well as one of the most universally recognized pieces of modern art. Each student interpreted “The Scream” personally, by inserting themselves into a scene, (either drawn or as a photograph,) and by illustrating a personal fear. Their fear could be a “serious” or “silly” fear.

To keep our versions recognizable as an homage to Munch’s painting, we began by drawing the walkway or bridge upon which the figure is seen in the original painting. The strong perspective and angle of the railings adds to the unease of the scene and is integral to its composition. Each student’s figure is positioned low and central, just like in the original. Finally, the use of a loose, gestural style, vibrant colors and directional mark-making all contribute to the Expressionistic method of art making.

“The Scream”, Edvard Munch, 1893


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