Kandinsky, the Russian Art was notorious for painting to music, classical,
I have the students look at his paintings (a good one is "Cocentric
Circles) and discuss the painting in music terms: (crescendo, Where are the
"loud" sections of the painting? Mezzo-forte, Where are the medium Loud
parts of the painting?, stacatto, Where does it look like Kandinsky painted
in quick, dots, or short jumpy strokes? Etc........
If you know music terms, this is a great lesson. If you do not know music
terms, then ask your music teacher to write out terms and definitions, and
you can "pair" them up with questions about the painting.
After the discussion, give each student a 4" x 4" piece of white paper,
(quilt square size) and watercolors, have them paint to music, but tell them
that they cannot "cross" lines (this will keep them from making scribbles,
and a mess!)and focus them on all the white paper. Them them all the white
has to be painted. When they are finished, put them all together, next to
each other on a big piece of butcher paper, like a quilt, and you will have
a "large" Kandinsky painting.
From: MaryAnn Kohl [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 11:52 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: music and art
Does anyone have any ideas for combining (integrating) music and art for
I have had the kids color, draw, and paint to music,
and also build percussion "sculptures" with bottles of water and metal
scraps to bang on,
but wondered if you have any other suggestions?