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Re: intergration of Art, Music, Dance and Drama

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 00:22:33 -0400

Denise from Australia asked about intergration of Art, Music, Dance and
Drama in the classroom. My Music teacher colleague and I accidentally
discovered an integrated project. I happened to walk in her room and saw
her trying to initiate a discussion of "structured" and "unstructured"
music with a group of 7th graders - who happened to be the same 7th
graders I had. She played some examples and the kids struggled with
trying to come up with words to describe them. I told her I thought I
could help, so the next day in Art class we were beginning a unit on
"shape". To accompany the music teachers idea, I had prepared a template
of shape patterns with directions to cut them out, and use them to make
a specific number of various colored paper copies. Students were then
instructed to fold a piece of paper in half and evenly divide the cut
out shapes - creating on 1/2 of the background, a "structured"
arrangement, and an "unstructured" one on the other half. I popped a CD
of "structured" classical music in and away they worked. It took them 2
class periods, and as might be expected - they began to find it wasn't
so easy to clearly show the difference. They found they had to seriously
plan the "structured" side, and seriously plan how to make the other
side appear "unstructured". Many ended up adding crayon or marker to
further delineated the two types of arrangements. In music class, they
were making simple instruments and in small groups, making their own
"structured" and "unstructured" "music". As a conclusion - I provided a
compare and contrast form for them to fill out about their art project.
The had to write in how their 2 designs were alike, how they were
different, and what they learned from the activity. Later, when I
introduce some abstract art to these 7th graders, I intend to bring up
what they learned about "unstructured" design and relate it to abstract
art. Mainly, that abstract art is not just random unplanned stuff - but
very much thought about and planned to be abstract. In music class, I
believe the teacher is having them use the same basic shapes they used
for their designs as notation symbols to write their music for their
original instruments.
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617