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March 2017

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important for us to develop alterna- tive ideas that would fit into both cur- ricula and enhance student learning. Sources of Inspiration In art class, street artist Keith Haring was the center of inspiration for the project. Students were asked to depict their own Haring-inspired characters using tempera paint, oil pastel, water - color, and glitter. In music class, students learned the song "Girls and Boys" and used it as a basis for learning music concepts of elemental form and rhythmic compo - sition. An accompaniment piece was d eveloped and infused into the song using hand drums, woodblocks, and xylophones. "Using speech building blocks inspired by the song allowed us to create our own unique rhythmic compositions," Andreasen explains. Creative Movement Component Students made a creative movement component by creating scenes of playing. As the movement concepts were developed, students were asked to analyze and critique movements of their peers and themselves. Addi- tionally, each class decided on a class p resentation and each student had a specific role as a musician or per- former. Every student was involved i n the final performance and contrib- uted to the ideas and decisions that s haped it. The Haring Orchestra Students presented their movement component along with their Haring- inspired creations to a live student audience on the stage of the Wilson Elementary School. A large 15 x 10' (4.5 x 3 m) backdrop was constructed along with an orchestra pit for the instrumental performers. The back- drop consisted of fluorescent paint- ings that included a variety of line designs, while the pit was constructed of Haring-inspired shadow characters not being used in the performances. After the performance, a giant mural was created with the Haring- inspired characters and backdrop. Photos and videos documented the entire process and can be viewed at the Web Link below. Brian Sommersberger is an art teacher at Wilson Elementary School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K www.wilsonelementaryart.wordpress. com The inspiration of the project came from an Internet photo of students creating water shadows against the outside wall of a school building. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 25

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