Our 7th and 8th graders turned in some excellent videos about Resulting before break. Ritvik’s video is an excellent representation of this assignment. This week, we explored different approaches to drawing. I had students draw a bottle from imagination, then make a second version using geometric shapes as the basis for the structure. I continue to be amazed by the abilities of these students, and their receptivity to new techniques and explorations of art.
Abbie brings wonderful drawing ability into our class. These pictures show how the geometrical approach influenced her representations of bottles.
Also this week, these students will explore Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ in more detail. We’ll use our instruments to play some of the simpler sections, to get a direct sense of Stravinsky’s harmonies and rhythms. Students will also manipulate a GarageBand version of the piece, and turn on and off different instrument combinations to investigate Stravinsky’s thinking in more detail.
Additionally, these students will use Photoshop to combine disparate images, and get to know layers and image editing tools.
Our 6th graders will complete the Resulting video, create the bottle artwork, and investigate Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto. We’ll notate parts of this, and transfer handwritten notes into MuseScore. Through this process, we’ll examine several qualities of notation.
Our 5th graders have been collaborating effectively on composing and performing an original song for Veterans Day. Through this process, we’ve explored song structure, how lyrics and melodies work together, recording techniques, and constructive give-and-take as we develop the song. These students will add in Core Knowledge elements of “Recognize theme and variations” and “two- and three-part singing” as we develop this.