For the second class, I wanted to teach the children the basic idea that they could use art to express their feelings.
I came up with a project that illustrated this idea. I asked them first to write down a feeling with an oil pastel. And then I had them paint the expression of that feeling with watercolor on top of the word. Because the watercolor and oil don't mix, the word remained uncovered by the color on top. I had expected the children to express some of the more difficult emotions, such as anger, or sadness. But all of them focused on positive feelings--especially AMOR. Strangely, amor was one of the only feelings I hadn't thought of in my list of suggested feelings--and yet the most important one!