SchoolArts Magazine

March 2018

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had to incorporate graphite pencil. The graphite pencil, drawn in a space at least ½" wide, served as the conductor. Students were required to include five lines of conductivity artistically within their artwork using the graphite pencil. Five lines were required because they would later return to their music class and compose a piece of music utilizing an F major pentatonic scale, which consists of five notes. We utilized a program called Scratch for this. Students who finished their 2D art early had the opportunity to create a sculp - ture out of modeling clay that they could play music on as well. Instrumental Art The results were impressive. Not only did students design beautiful pieces of art that were personal to them, the artwork was also a func - tional musical instrument. They enriched their knowledge of art and design, science, musical composition, electrical engineering, and technol - ogy, all while having fun exploring and inventing in the classroom. My fourth-graders this year focused on the use of a variety of line with the theme, What Makes You Happy? Before they added color and the graphite for their instruments, we copied their black-and-white art - work and donated the coloring pages to three cancer treatment centers in our area. Our student council gave us money to purchase markers for them to use. Linda Schober is an art teacher at Hoffman Elementary School in Glenview, Illinois. lschober@ I thought it would be great for us to all collaborate on an interactive art, music, science, engineering, and technolo project. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 Previous page, Top: Seona, graphite pencil line art. Bottom: Jason, grade four. Above: Instrument hook up.

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