Ways of encouraging students to represent emotional states derived from their own experience
In images of faces, this unit looks at ways of encouraging students to represent emotional states derived from their own experience. By researching pictorial matter in the media and in art history, students are primed to attempt the portrayal of 'pressure', 'stress', or other states of tension made evident in facial movement.
To introduce this unit to pupils, tell them about a stressful experience you have had and your reaction to it. Ask them to tell you when they feel stress. Does homework create pressure? How about balancing school work with social life? Have they been in trouble either in or out of school? Have they fallen in love and been rejected? It is possible to generate an interesting discussion which will focus on the stresses of their lives.