Emotions of Elections

Investigate the emotions of an impending election. What types of expressions do you see? How would you feel if you were voting?

  • 1.

    Investigate the emotions surrounding an election with the class: surprise, happiness, sadness, indifference, tension, nervousness, anger, etc.

  • 2.

    Give the students white paper, Crayola® Colored Pencils and a mirror.

  • 3.

    Ask the students to draw self-portraits of their faces expressing their reaction to a recent election. Encourage the students to use shading to create a realistic representation of their faces.

  • 4.

    Provide students with Crayola Scissors, Construction Paper and No-Run School Glue.

  • 5.

    Ask the students to cut triangles out of the four corners of a piece of construction paper.

  • 6.

    Instruct the students to glue their triangles to the corners of their portrait to finish their work with a “frame.”

  • 7.

    Once the student’s work is complete and glue has dried, ask them to find a small group of peers to discuss their portraits. Why did you react with this emotion?


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SS: Distinguish among local, state, and national government and identify representative leaders at these levels such as mayor, governor, and president.
  • SS: Identify and describe examples of tensions between an individual’s beliefs and government polices and laws.
  • SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.
  • VA: Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art making.
  • VA: Design and produce a work that clearly communicates information or ideas.


  • This project could also be used as an extension of a language arts project to create a portrait of a character. The portrait could depict the emotion the character felt during the conflict of the story.
  • Use Crayola® Washable Watercolor or Crayola Classic Markers.
  • This portrait could be connected with a current event rather than an election. The students’ emotional responses in their drawings could relay feelings in response to the current event. A short writing piece should accompany the drawing for a beautiful bulletin board display.