Art students at Central Riverside Elementary painted while listening to a variety of music styles allowing the music to move their brushes across their papers, using their feelings create the lines. They painted fluid, curved lines when the music was slow then painted quick, shorter brushstrokes when the music moved to a faster beat.
After teacher lead conversations about how colors can evoke feelings, students used warm or cool colors to complete their paintings. Later, they compared their paintings describing their work as active, hot, or cool and relaxing. They also noticed that the warm and the cool colors are grouped together on the classroom color wheel.
Check out this short video to hear some of the songs chosen to influence my students as they created art. The Active Lines project was a success!