Monday, August 11, 2008

Music Craft: Painting

Art Project: Painting to Music

Materials Needed:
1. Paints
2. Paint brush
3. 2 blank pieces of paper
4. 2 paper plates
5. 1 classical song
6. 1 rock song (can be any style of music as long as the 2 styles of music contrast)
7. CD player


For this project we will be painting to 2 different styles of music and comparing the differences between the paintings.

1. Give your child a paper plate with some paints squeezed out on it, a blank sheet of paper, a paint brush, and a cup of water. (As shown above.)

2. Let your child paint to the first song for 5 minutes. (Time can be shortened or lengthened depending on your child's attention span.) Make sure to let your child paint to each style of music for equal amounts of time.

3. Put the first painting aside when the 5 minutes is up.

3. Have your child paint to the rock song on a blank piece of paper with a new set of paint for 5 minutes.

4. Note the differences between the two paintings, and discuss the differences between the paintings with your child.

5. Tell your child that different styles of music can move us in different ways and can sometimes be shown through painting.

My Daughter's Results:

For both trials, my Daughter painted to the same classical and rock song for 3 minutes each.
For trial #1 she painted to the classical song first. For Trial #2 she painted to the rock song first.

Trial #1: Classical Painting, Rock Painting

Trial #2: Classical Painting, Rock Painting

Note: This project is not implying in any way that one musical form is better than the other.

I am participating in Family Moment Monday.


Mandy said...

This is really a cool idea. I am going to do this today with my 3 and post later on my blog the results. Loving your ideas!! Thanks again!

Marie N. said...

I bet this would be fun to do with finger painting too!

Erica said...

So interesting! I would love to try this! My boys would be in heaven if I gave them paints to play with!! boys aren't twins - my oldest is 4 and the next one is 2. They do look alike, though, especially when I buzz their hair the same! ;o) Have a wonderful day!

Lyndsie said...

Hum, that looks like fun! I know my little ones would love it!

Abby said...

Thanks for the sweet compliment on our stealsdeals blog! I really like this idea of the paint as anything with crafting I am all over it. I think I will give it a try and see what they come up with. Thanks for the creative idea!

angie said...

I would have NEVER thought of this. Thank you.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Very interesting!!! I love the idea too-- getting the child to feel what the music is expressing. i know you weren't placing a value on one music form over the other but I do like the ones done to classical music better than the rock ones. They seem more interesting to me. Would love to know what the pieces were. Great post.

Munchkins and Music said...

I used Aerosmith for my rock selection, and I used Edvard Grieg (a composer from the Romantic period) for my classical selection. Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

mormonhermitmom said...

Good idea. I think I'd like to go bigger and put a big roll of paper in front of them.

Anonymous said...

Very cool idea! My daughter would love doing this!

Genny said...

What a great idea! My kids would love this!

Leah said...

what a neat trial! I would like to do this with my three kids!

stevy said...

Fantastic blog:)

Drea (Monkey Monkey Underpants) said...

What a neat idea, I would love to try this out myself!

Kelly - PTT said...

How fun is that? Very cool idea! I'm going to share this with our 4K teachers!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I think we'll try this out this weekend!!