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Teacher Blog: Music and Art: Kate Wakefield, Evenings for Educators Follow-up

by Amy Cholkas


Evenings for Educators , Teacher resources , lesson plans , professional development

Cellist and classically trained vocalist, Kate Wakefield was featured at February’s Evening for Educators, so I developed my lesson, “Stringed Instrument Collage” to connect  music and art. After learning about the members of the violin family (violin, viola, cello and double bass), middle school students compared and contrasted the museum’s Still Life with Violin and Music Sheet by Juan Gris and The Cellist by Joseph Rodefer DeCamp using a Venn Diagram. Terms such as realism, abstraction, chiaroscuro, texture, timbre, collage and synthetic cubism were defined as students discussed how the lines, colors, textures, moods and subject matter of each piece compared. Finally, students created a music collage in the style of synthetic cubists, which included sheet music, drawings and/or paintings of a stringed instrument, faceted planes, student-created textures and real textures.

Additional connections in the lesson include K-8 picture and fictional books about stringed instruments, resources about the science and history of stringed instruments and links to hear music by violin family members. Please see click here for a copy of the lesson plan (under Evenings For Educators tab).