For these tiles, we looked at lots of portraits by different artists and discussed what the people might be expressing in them in fifth grade at Brimfield. We talked about artworks being expressions of the artists who make them and came to the conclusion that all artwork is "about" something. For their portraits, the students drew onto wet clay to show themselves expressing an emotion about an event in their lives. We did some portrait drawing practice before diving into the clay, and the clay "drawings" really came out nicely. They drew patterns in the backgrounds using symbols that refer to the event that their artwork refers to.