The teacher will display a work of art. (Suggestions: Christiana's World by Andrew Wyeth, ANY age-appropriate work by Keith Haring, works by Cezanne or Van Gogh)- Make sure the piece you chose has both characters and a setting.
Display the work of art. The students will say what they noticed about the characters-how they stand, what colors are used, facial expressions, etc.
The students will then say what they notice about the setting of the piece-inside or outside? brightly lit? dark and gloomy? etc.
After listing all of those items-students will say what they think the mood of the piece is or what the painter was trying to make them feel in the painting.
Ask what would happen if the colors were changed, would the mood change? What if instead of bright, cheery colors, the artist used dark and gloomy colors?
What if the character in the bright colors was wearing a frown? How would the mood change?