I have often said that eyebrows are the most powerful tool to aid expression, convey meaning, or have a bit of a laugh!
When asked to choose my Top 5 Resources for Teachers Magazine I chose Expressive eyebrows, (“Eyebrows are a wonderful invention. As a bald bloke, I find that they can be the most powerful tool when working with a class. I can so easily show surprise, disappointment, delight and enjoyment. Who needs to shout when your eyebrows speak?”) alongside A wireless laptop, ‘The Hat’, A large cupboard, and “Magnificent obsessions” outside school.
An article in the Independent even began with a reference to my fascination with the furry features.
For some fun, furry eye-deas…
In lessons in various schools around the place at the moment, we often play “Spot the simile or metaphor” and, when saying these “Posh Literacy Labels”, we have a “Being Posh” lesson. Eyebrows are the cheapest accessory for becoming a REALLY posh person. (Your eyebrows are wiggling expressively as you read this. If not, try a few operatic eyebrow wiggles. It is great exercise!)
We pay a lot more attention to eyebrows than we actually realise. They are a very significant element of our appearance and are one of our most expressive facial features. But why are they there in the first place?
Eyebrows express a huge range of emotions from confusion, fear, anger and joy through to boredom and frustration yet very rarely appear expressively on childrens’ drawings of faces. A few eyebrows were raised when people realised that the enigmatic Mona Lisa doesn’t appear to have any whilst many spend hours reshaping and colouring theirs.
Category: 2) Useful n Interesting