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Music inspires us!

December 07, 2018
By Steve Elicker and Katie Dahl

"The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers or artists. [It's] to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives." -Kelly Pollock

In 2nd grade we have started a project inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's large-scale flowers. This artist was known for her beautiful, large imposing flowers. The first composition style we learned about was open composition versus closed composition. We then moved into color schemes and how artists used different colors to represent different moods. While looking at a color wheel, we each picked out a limited color palette to represent our flowers and our background. We are using tissue paper in various colors creating layers in a papier-mâché technique. 

You will notice music playing in the video while the 2nd Graders create. Listening to music in the classroom engages both sides of the brain, facilitating learning. Tests show that music alters brain waves which makes the brain more receptive to learning. It also helps them work on some new dance moves!