Sunday, June 20, 2010
Ask children what the music looks like.
Put on some music, give a child a piece of paper and ask them to draw what it looks like. They may be confused at first, but try to answer their questions without leading them. Suggest that they choose colors and make drawing motions that “match” what they are hearing. Is it fast, lively music or calm, soothing music? Will they perceive it as happy, tense or sad music? The feelings that music generates can produce different abstract or representative images.
Tell the children to put down on the paper any color or shape that they think the music looks like. As soon as they draw anything, give them another piece of paper, change the music to a very different style and ask then to draw what this new song sounds like. The contrast in styles to the second or third piece usually helps them understand what it is you’re trying to get them to accomplish and they’ll get more comfortable with the process. And they’ll soon be asking for more songs to draw.
Chief Imagination Officer