Picasso's Black and White artwork would be a great way to teach my middle school students about expressing certain moods, feelings and emotions without using color paints. The CA 8th grade Art Standard 1.2 goes along well with this "Analyze and justify how their artistic choices contribute to the expressive quality of their own works of art."
Pablo Picasso, Great Still Life on Pedestal, 1931. This artwork uses freeform shape to distort objects such as the water pitcher and the table. The effect of this distortion is that it looks soft and squishy like soft candies. Mrs C