Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 7.58.27 AMEmoji and emoticons are not the same thing. Emoticons are a “typographical display”. This means they only use text symbols on a keyboard. So, for example, 🙂 is an emoticon. An emoji is the little pictures we all use now.

Emojis were invented in Japan in 1998 or 1999. They became popular worldwide only after 2012. Many argue it was the iPhone that made emoji so popular (they introduced the Emoji keyboard in 2011).

There is an of cial group that decides what does and doesn’t become an emoji. It’s called the Unicode Consortium. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and other companies are all part of the Consortium.

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Emojis are the perfect hook to get your students eager to share their feelings.  Turn this fun drawing project into a lesson on “I statements” and expressing feelings verbally.  The cut-apart pages are perfect for leaving out in the classroom for students to use again when they are struggling with their emotions and need a way to communicate how they feel.

If you would like more information about writing I statements, take a look at our blog posts.

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On your rough draft worksheet, design 6-10 emoji faces– each must be unique and reveal a different expression – do not copy other students’ ideas!


-Keep it line-based focus on line quality and simple colors.

-Have your neighbor make the ‘face’ for you , notice how the facial features are positioned and replicate it in a emoji style

-Choose emotions that you think very few will choose, but others should be able to tell what it is

-Use a variety of DIFFERENT types of moods!

Having a hard time…on the back of your rough draft paper, draw ‘normal’ faces with expressions and simplify them!

Year 7 Term 4 2017 Emoji Designs,

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Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use.

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Student shows an understanding of Expressionism through the creation of an expressive face. The face and the colours clearly illustrate the emotion. Paint can be applied very neatly and clear. stencils then can be cut,

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