Songs and Art Collage For Textures:
Overview: Students were presented with a model I had created several
years ago used for teaching color theory (primary and secondary colors.)
A color wheel was created and the song was sung to familiarize
the students with the idea of taking a familiar tune and changing it to
fit what we were studying (Red, Yellow, Blue sung to the tune of Three
Blind Mice.) As a
group, we brainstormed topics and possible choices for songs.
The students selected texture as the element of art as well as
the song Yankee Doodle to work with.
A short discussion was all it took to get the multi-aged group
(grades 1 – 6) on track for this assignment.
The tune Bumpy Lumpy evolved and they were all surprised
at how they were able to become composers!
To first compose a song using
familiar verse that is relative to art vocabulary then to create a piece
of artwork that demonstrates knowledge of the terminology acquired.
selection of folk songs and nursery rhymes students will be familiar
with in melody and rhythm. Listing of art vocabulary (Elements of Art & Principles
of Design: line, shape, form, space, texture, color, value, rhythm,
movement, variety, emphasis, unity, balance, pattern (repetition).
As the songs are written, a variety of lessons for art will be
inspired. For Bumpy Lumpy, a mixed-media approach was used to
create an interesting abstract collage (objects with textures:
cardboard, sand, variety of tempera paints, white glue, pallet knife,
yarns, feathers, fabrics, plastic bubble wraps, yarns, leather scraps,
metal sheeting, old metal washers…)
tables covered with newspaper for artwork production work best; a circle
group on the carpet with chalkboard for brainstorming ideas for tunes is
ideal or a flipchart and marker if working as one group.
Students were assessed as they
participated; knowledge of art was demonstrated by the ideas in the
brainstorming session as the group created/composed words for their new
tune. A couple of the
students asked “why” we were writing songs.
Others jumped in enthusiastically and wanted to use their
thinking caps. One student
observed immediately that a lot of my art words were also musical terms (hallelujah!) I was delighted with the outcome of this
lesson. The students
rallied to create a song; I think they were pleasantly surprised at
their own results. This is an excellent way to work cooperatively; for a
large class, small groups of 6-8 would work well if there are parent
volunteers assisting to keep the group(s) focused.
To the Tune of Yankee Doodle)
lumpy on the page
round and moving,
and fluffy soft and hard,
lots of textures,
lumpy make it cool,
and shapes and patterns too
(Sung To the Tune of Yankee Doodle)
how they mix.
how they mix.
these three colors we can make the rest,
never seen such a beautiful mess.
them up now.
them up now.
colors can paint the world so bright
gives the people such delight,
yellow, blue, red yellow, blue…
Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.