Drawing Different Facial Expressions


In this lesson we will learn how to draw facial expressions. In art, the subject matter is often people, so knowing how to visually communicate a range different human emotions are essential.

Feelings and Emotions

  • happiness
  • sadness
  • anger
  • love
  • exhaustion
  • illness
  • boredom
  • confusion
  • pride
  • shame
  • fear
  • surprise
  • shock
  • pain
  • pleasure
  • stress
  • excitement
  • disgust

What you do

  1. In a group, make a list of different feeling and emotions.  
  2. Draw a grid with spaces that are 5x5 cm square. 
  3. Inside each individual square draw a head expressing a different emotion. Label each emotion.
  4. Ink and colour each drawing. 
  5. How do you feel right now? Draw yourself expressing how you feel at this moment.