Thursday, March 8, 2012

Musical Instruments


• Exposure to original, rhythmically-rich percussion ensemble music.

• Recognition of new ways to recycle scrap materials.

• Willingness to accept new ideas of music and instrumentation.

• Appreciation of musical structure in terms of elements of rhythm, pitch and melody.

• Understanding the inter-relationship of music with science, visual arts, dance, and theatre.

• Alternative ideas about what constitutes a musical instrument.
Example of home made instruments

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Texture- An element of the Arts

A valuable element in the artist’s codebook is texture because it engages another sense besides sight. Texture is “tactile,” that is, it appeals to our sense of touch.

Texture: homophonic, Polyphonic, Monophonic

Polyphonic Texture

Simultaneous performance of two or more melodic lines of relatively equal interest produces the texture called polyphonic, meaning having many sounds. In polyphony several melodic lines compete for attention. (When several jazz musicians improvise different melodies at once, they produce polyphony.)

The technique of combining several melodic lines into a meaningful whole is called counterpoint.

The term contrapuntal texture is sometimes used in place of polyphonic texture

Polyphonic music often contains imitation, which occurs when a melodic idea is presented by one voice or instrument and is then restated immediately by another voice or instrument.

Homophonic Texture: When we hear one main melody accompanied by chords, the texture is homophonic.

Monophonic Texture: When we hear one main melody without accompaniment, the texture is monophonic.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Line- An element of the Arts!

Line is most easily defined as a mark that spans a distance between two points (or the path of a moving point).

Movement Project:
  • Choose 2 words and create 2 human sculptures for each word. 
  • Each sculpture should be defining each word.
  • Connect the 2 human-word-sculptures with a line movement.
    Move through the space in specific line shapes (straight, curvy,
    diagonal, zig zag, vertical, horizontal…)
  • Duration 30 - 45 seconds. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Unit 4: Line!

Line- element of art.

In terms of art, line can be described as a moving dot. Line is perhaps the most basic element of drawing.

Kinds of lines:

Vertical lines- lines that move up and down without any slant

Horizontal lines- lines that are parallel to the horizon

Diagonal lines- lines that slant

Zigzag lines- lines made from a combination of diagonal lines

Curved lines- Lines that change direction gradually

Line Variation- adding interest to your lines is important in creating successful artwork

Length- lines can be long or short

Width- lines can be wide or skinny

Texture- lines can be rough or smooth

Direction- lines can move in any direction

Degree of curve- lines can curve gradually or not at all

Line quality or line weight- refers to the thickness or thinness of a line. By varying the line quality artists can make objects appear more 3-Deminsional and more interesting

Hatching and crosshatching- using lines to create value

Hatching- lines going in the same direction
Crosshatching- lines that cross

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rhythm and Silence

Nu works project-
1. Each student constructs an original musical instrument.
2. Make groups
3. Compose, write and perform your song.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Unit 3: Rhythm and Silence

  Unit 3: Rhythm and Silence
1.      Research  
2.     Rhythm and Silence in music, Visual Art, Dance & Theater
4.     Dance Studio
5.     Performance
6.     Video Project
7.      Video Critic Discussion and blog entry

Rhythm can be found in the choreography of a dance, in the painting of an artist, and of course, in songs and melodies.
In looking at music, we see all sorts of styles. Some styles are slow and mellow (like a waltz) others are quick and lively (like a tango). The one thing that all rhythms have in common, however, is repetition. Rhythms must repeat themselves.
In painting, rhythm can be created with the repetition of strokes, visual elements, or even entire subjects. . . and probably the very best example of a rhythmic visual artist is the famous action painter, 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011