More Art and Music Lessons
Visual, Musical, Kinesthetic, Logical, Linguistic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal
Gather a collection of small musical instruments into the center of the class. Have students pick up and examine the instruments. After they have had time to look at and feel/touch the instruments, break the students up into small groups. Give each group 3-5 instruments to be placed into the center of their space.
Discuss Pablo Picasso and Cubism. (This will appeal to the logical learners because of its connection to geometry.) Show the students the painting, Harlequin with Violin or one of the other pieces Picasso painted during his cubism period that related to musical instruments. Play a piece from that period in time, such as a piano solo by Debussy or Manuel de Falla. Explain to the students that Picasso spent his time divided between his homes in Barcelona and Paris.
Again, once they have completed their still life of the instruments done in cubism, ask the students to journal how the music felt and what they see when they look at the painting.
Visual, Musical, Linguistic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal
Discuss portrait art. Give the students several examples of portraits from the various periods in art. Choose a woman composer for whom there is a picture, copy the picture, and place it predominately in the classroom. Have the students study the picture. (Small copies can be made and placed at each table.) Then, have them sketch their impression of this person. Allow them to sketch using whatever form to which they are drawn, i.e., impressionism, cubism, modern, or classical. While they are sketching, play music by the female composer.
Once done, have students journal their thoughts. Have them ask themselves if the music and portrait of the composer complemented each other or if there was a difference. For instance, did the portrait show someone who looked very proper and restrained, yet the music was passionate and powerful? Have the students share their thoughts in small groups or with the class, as time permits.