To demonstrate the long history of artists finding inspiration from musicians, I shared the following works with my kiddos:
|Charlie Bird Parker, Jean-Michel Basquiat|
|Philip Glass, Chuck Close|
|Three Musicians, Pablo Picasso|
|Michael Jackson, Andy Warhol|
I played a short clip of each artists music and asked the kids to relate the sounds they heard to the visual information that each portraits contained. Watching the kids listening to music was a hoot and it really worked to activate their interest. We spent an entire class observing and sketching musicians from contemporary music magazines I borrowed from the music teacher. When choosing our final composition layout I emphasized cropping, simplicity, and block coloration. We added rich color to our compositions using oil pastels.