Recently, in music, library and art class fourth graders have been preparing for the Portland symphony performance of 'Alice in Wonderland ". In the art studio we listened to one of the pieces from the "Alice Symphony" by David Del Tredici. Its called " Speak Roughly/ Speak Softly", and is a very abstract piece with two distinct moods. In music class Mrs. Troy has shared the piece and focused on how the composer creates a unified piece out of what sounds like complete chaos. In art studio we focused on translating the music, the sounds and beats of the music into marks and color, and actually ' mapping" it as it moves from one rough, loud mood to in intermediate mood, and finally to a calm movement. I am sorry I don't have a clip of the painting in action as the kids were very kinetic as they painted.
We looked at some of his works, listened to the abstract discordant and then melodious music of Del Tredici from the Alice Symphony, and then translated the sounds to marks.
Week two we watched a slide show I created on the importance of color in the world, how it affects everything from how animals are camouflaged, to how insects are attracted to flowers, to our moods on a sunny or gray day. We also looked at how advertisers use color to influence our purchasing.
Here are some samples of the works both in phase one, black and white , and then phase two, when artists added their colors. Each child not only responded in their own unique style, they also articulated very contrasting feelings on the different sides of the pieces. Ultimately the paintings will be hung as a music mapping of the " Speak Roughly/ Speak Softly".
|Student painting the notes and beats of "Speak Roughly, Speak Softly " from the Alice Symphony.|
|Left side speaking roughly. Right speaking softly.|