Lesson of the Day: ‘How to Draw a Feeling’

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Lesson of the Day: ‘How to Draw a Feeling’

2. With what expression does Manshen Lo, the illustrator, often draw her characters?

3. What do you notice about Ms. Lo’s initial sketch? Is there anything you wish she had kept in the final version?

4. What significance, or meaning, do the fuzzy slippers have in the illustration? What about the oranges?

5. When you first looked at the image in the warm-up, how did you interpret the slippers and oranges? How do you feel now that you know the artist’s intention behind them?

6. What does “languishing” mean to Ms. Lo? How did she communicate those feelings in her drawing?

If you had to come up with one word to describe an emotion you have felt during the pandemic, from 2020 until now, what word would it be and why?

Once you have your word, illustrate what that feeling looks like to you. You can draw it in a literal way, like Ms. Lo did, or you can represent it more abstractly.

As you illustrate, consider how you can use shapes, colors and objects to bring the feeling to life. If you are drawing a person, you might consider the person’s posture, gaze, clothing and background.

If you are in class, post your illustrations around the classroom, or, if you are learning remotely, on a digital bulletin board like Padlet. Then, take a gallery walk to view your classmates’ artwork. While looking at each image, you might consider the questions you answered in the warm-up: What is going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What thoughts, feelings or memories does the image bring up for you? Why?