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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8-14 | Written by: Geoff Thompson
[Geoff is a teacher from Whitby, Ontario, Canada.]

By drawing or painting to music, students will learn to identify the similarities between music and art.


To help students identify the similarities between music and art.

What You Need:
What You Do:
This is an excellent abstract shape, and color balancing exercise.
  1. Students place the tip of their pencil in the middle of the paper and close their eyes.

  2. With their eyes closed, the teacher begins playing a song on the CD player.

  3. Students then begin moving their pencils in movements on the page that mimic the instruments or rhythms of the music pieces. (i.e. a drum solo might be penciled as a jagged heart rate monitor-like line)

  4. The teacher alters the music from style to style while the students keep their eyes shut.

  5. Eventually (when most of the page is covered in lines) the students are told to open their eyes and to trace (darkly) all the penciled lines with a black pencil crayon.

  6. Finally, students are instructed to color each individual shape (that has been created by the penciled lines) in such a way that none of the same colors are touching each other.
NOTE: Usually students enjoy this activity VERY much. They enjoy trying the music-eyes-closed-thing a lot. I suggest doing this a couple of practice times before drawing the final piece.

Recommended Books/Products:
Little House Books
by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
This box set includes the following titles: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, The First Four Years

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