Learning to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning.
Expressing is not just emoting all over the page. I think a lot of times people limit the arts by saying "the arts are about feelings." Yes, arts are about feelings. Arts pull from some deep down places that often do not have words. It's a knowing that hasn't figured out how to put itself into words or maybe can't be put into words. Isadora Duncan said, "If I could say it, I wouldn't have to dance it." So expressing in the arts is saying that we want to figure out a way to convey meaning in the symbol system of the particular art form in which we're working. So, in dance it is in gesture and movement and force and time. In music it is in tone and melody and timbre and pause and silence and harmonies. In visual arts it is line and form and color and texture and all those elements and principles. So those techniques are how artists express. That's why "Express" pulls on craft, because learning about the lines that different tools make in different contexts is a craft, but you use those lines to say different things. And that's a beautiful creative tension. If you are looking for a simple way to create a lesson that has a creative tension, pull it from "Develop Craft" and "Express." Have kids go back and forth with what they are trying to say and how they are trying to say it with materials. (From http://www.everyarteverychild.org/)