Edvard Munch The Scream Painting for Kids - printable included!

Make the kids scream with joy, making this spooky self-portrait for kids inspired by Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ painting. This Halloween art project The Scream Painting for Kids is a marvellous hands-on way to explore a little bit of art history with the kids during the scariest month of the year.
Edvard Munch The Scream Painting for Kids

Not the most arty person? Don’t worry about it! We’ve included a super easy-to-use printable 'The Scream' template you can use for this craft, you just need to download it, and the rest will be a breeze.

Looking for more self-portrait art projects for kids inspired by famous artists? Head over to our popular Art projects inspired by famous artists and get into the fun! 

This Andy Warhol Self Portrait Pop Art is amazing for artsy little ones, and let's not forget about this super cute Playdough Faces Project inspired by Picasso!

Now, if Halloween is more on-themed to what you need, check out this Bat Craft made with Oil Pastels and this cute Pumpkin Coloring Page! (or check out our list full of fun Halloween crafts for kids)

Scroll down for your free printable Edvard Munch 'The Scream' colouring page. 

The Scream Painting for Kids

Edvard Munch The Scream Painting for Kids

Who painted The Scream?

Before we take out our paintbrushes, let’s get into the backstory of this classic painting. The artist who created The Scream was Edvard Munch. He was a printmaker and painter born in the small town of Adalsbruk, Norway. 

Unlike many of his peers, Munch became very famous in his time and was very well known all across Europe, becoming a key figure in the expressionist and symbolist movement of the early twentieth century.

During his career, he explored different ways of representing emotion in his artwork, and The Scream is considered to be the epitome of his work.  Although there’s no final opinion on precisely what The Scream represents, it’s thought to express human anxiety and fear. 

Fun fact:

Did you know that there are five versions of the same painting? Munch created the first one using oil, tempera, and pastels, two other versions using only pastels, a lithographic version, and another just in tempera. Talking about being productive!

Edvard Munch The Scream Painting Supplies:

  • 'The Scream' template
  • Watercolours, acrylic paint, or markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White art paper

The Scream Painting for kids - Instructions:

STEP 1: Grab the free 'The Scream' colouring page.

Go below and download our free The Scream template and print it out. 

Edvard Munch The Scream Printable template colouring page

STEP 2: Colour time!

Invite your child to colour the template with watercolors, acrylics or markers. 

The Scream painting for kids with printable

Let their imagination run wild and mix all the colours they desire. We loved the 'blood red sky' Edvard Much painted so we kept to red shades for the top of the painting. 

Edvard Munch The Scream - famous artists for kids

STEP 3: Add self portrait to 'The Scream'painting

For this step, you can glue a picture of your little one onto the completed template. Have fun taking photographs of your kids recreating the pose in the original painting. This could also lead on to an interesting discussion about what would make them scream!

You can either photograph your child's full body to trim and stick over the original figure from 'The Scream' painting or you can cut a small version of just your child's face to add on top of the original figures face.

Whichever option you choose, cut out the photograph and stick it in place. Of course you can also do this art scream project without a photograph by drawing your own screaming self portrait to stick on top, or simply by colouring in the printable.  

Halloween art project - The Scream

Edvard Munch The Scream Self Portrait for Kids

The scream painting for kids with photograph

And now it's just a matter of displaying your Edvard Munch The Scream inspired art project for everyone to see this spookily adorable craft! 

Scroll down below to grab your free printable Edvard Munch 'The Scream' colouring page. You might also like to take a look at our printable pack of art projects from other famous artists. 

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To download this The Scream Painting for Kids for free click on the link below and use the discount code: scream.  For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

Printable The Scream by Edvard Much printable colouring page.

We hope you have tons of fun creating your own version of the famous Edvard Munch The Scream painting for kids. This fun self portrait for kids makes a great Halloween art project or it is perfect for opening up a discussion about emotions any time of the year!

Edvard Munch The Scream Painting for kids with printable. Halloween art project and self portrait for kids.

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