Abstract Art, Music, and Mindfulness Club
In this ongoing club, students will listen to classical music and then express the feeling, colors, and movement the music inspires in them. Students will be encouraged to use a variety of art mediums that can be used quickly and freely such as pastels, acrylic paint, charcoal, watercolor, finger paint, crayons, or markers.
*Note: I do not recommend mediums like colored pencil, pencil, or ink pen because they require more control and take longer to fill an area.
As students listen to classical music they will be encouraged to draw, with a medium of their choice, how the music makes them feel. They will express what colors or shapes the music sparks in their imagination.
Students will then be encouraged to listen carefully to the music.
Students will be prompted to think about how the music makes them feel. Is the music cheerful, aggressive, or suspenseful? What images does the music create as it gets louder or softer, and as it speeds up or slows down. Does the music stir a wash of colors or a choreography of movement in their mind?
The last 10-15mins of class students will share their experience. They can talk about how the music made them feel as well as how and why they create their abstract work. I will do my best to give each student a chance to share. We may not have time each session for all students to talk so I will keep track of who does not get a chance and make sure they do the next time they are in class.
*Sharing is encouraged but is not required
Section 1: Beethoven
Week of March 1 – Class 1: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125
Week of March 8 – Class 2: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Week of March 15 – Class 3: Moonlight Sonata
Week of March 22 – Class 4: Für Elise
Section 2: Bach
Week of March 29 – Class 5: Brandenburg Concertos
Week of April 7 – Class 6: The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846–893
Week of April 14 – Class 7: Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV 1007–1012
Week of April 21 – Class 8: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
I will send an email every 8 weeks with the next 8 weeks of music.
*This is not a “How to Use” this medium class but if your learner wants to explore a new medium and is unsure how to get started let me know and I will create a short video to get them started.
*This is not a music class. Students are only meant to reflect on the music and draw how the music makes them feel.