Munch’s The Scream

In this art project kids get to reproduce their own version of Edvard Munch’s famous painting, “The Scream.”  The best place to start is by looking at his painting and talking about what kids see.  They may notice the orange sky, the swirls in the painting, or the spooky looking person.  Talk about anything they notice in the painting. There were several versions made.  You could compare the versions.  You may also want to tell a little about Munch’s life and the Expressionist Movement.

The Scream by Edvard Munch. From Wikipedia image repository. This image is in the public domain in the United States because it was first published outside the United States prior to January 1, 1923.

The Scream by Edvard Munch. From Wikipedia image repository. This image is in the public domain in the United States because it was first published outside the United States prior to January 1, 1923.

Now give kids a chance to BE the spooky looking person! Take their picture as they’re imitating the screamer.  Have the picture printed and let them cut right around the edges of their body. Pastels or paints can be used to create a similar feeling background. Munch used swirling warm colors for the sky.  When the background is painted they can glue their body to the background. They are now starring in their own version of The Scream!

Munch's-The-Scream

Additional Layers:

  • Learn about Norway, the country Munch came from.
  • The Scream was the target of several art thefts. . . research them (one happened during the Olympics).
  • Create another version using cool colors instead and compare them.
  • Munch really saw a red sky before he painted this.  Some theorize that it was because of the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa.  Study volcanoes and how ash can change the color of the sky.

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2 Responses to Munch’s The Scream

  1. Michelle says:

    I need inspiration to do art with the kids. They love it, but me, not so much. This one looks too cool!

  2. We Are A Happy Family says:

    I love it, what a great idea.

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