Why is the guy in The Scream Screaming?

The Scream by Edvard Munch


Munch's The Scream may be one of the most famous paintings known. It's hard to pinpoint just one thing that makes it so great, but part of the reason we love it is because almost every person can identify with the feelings portrayed in this painting. I mean, who hasn't had a surprise Algebra test or overdue bill? I know I feel like this whenever I lose my keys (and that happens too often!)

And feelings are just what Expressionist artists like Munch were trying to communicate through their paintings. Expressionist art is all about emotion. Today we are going to have a little fun with expressionism.


You need:

Here's what you do:

1. Look at the painting, The Scream. Can you identify with the character in this painting? What is he (or she… we really don't know) feeling? When is the last time you felt like that?
2. Draw the character from The Scream on your paper.
3. Draw a scene explaining why the character is screaming. It can be serious or funny -- it's up to you.
4. Color your picture, trying to keep the same painterly style used by Munch and the Expressionists. Use streaks of color to fill an area -- no flat color.
5. Your drawing is done when it is completely colored. Expressionists didn't leave a lot of blank area -- even the negative space in The Scream is filled up with swirling red and orange clouds!
6. Don't forget to sign your work -- artists always sign their work.

Why is this person screaming?

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