Kindergarteners observed and discussed two paintings of cows. One was realistic and one was Expressionist. We discussed how, a long time ago, people expected art to look realistic- but then artists started to take big risks and to change shapes and colors in their work. Some of these artists called themselves Expressionists, because they used color as one way of expressing their feelings through their art.
I demonstrated how to use different shapes to draw an animal, and they drew with pencil, then outlined in black paint. Finally, they used bright colors to create their Expressionist animals.
Children and a Cow, Albert Cuyp, 1640
Yellow Cow, Franz Marc, 1911