We regularly release Virtual Art Parties to help you and your children connect with music and art at home. Virtual Art Parties are the perfect way for kids and adults of any age to let their creativity flow, relax with the calming power of music and art, and find some inner tranquility while creating art inspired by the music being performed. Check out Inside the Orchestra’s YouTube Virtual Art Party Playlist or our Facebook page to find our regularly updated videos. We have two more episodes for this season of art parties – on May 30th and June 6th at 10AM MST!
Art Party Steps
Gather your art supplies. You can be creative with what you use. Some fun materials are:
Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Glue and pom pom puff balls, glitter, sequins, etc.
Watch the Art Party video. You can watch it straight through or listen to pieces again before moving on to the next. You can guide you child(ren) through listening with the following questions:
Instead of free-form art making, your child(ren) can also work on guided crafts and activities as they listen. Here are some fun musical art crafts.
Xylophone Tape Resist Art
Babies Through Preschool
Tape resist art is a great way to get your youngest kid(s) hands-on. Have your little ones create their own instrument-inspired tape resist art, like this xylophone. You could also tape off shapes to look like a piano or music notes.
Sheet Music Prints
Babies Through Elementary School
Why not creat are directly ON some music? Print out sheet music online (or use old music if you have some at your house) and have your child(ren) paint or color on it while listening to the music. Some fun ways to go even further:
Match the sheet music to the piece you’re listening to. If you’re watching Valerie Johnson’s video above, the first piece of music she performs is an etude by Donjon. You can print out that sheet music here and create art on that while you listen.
For older children: Does your child already have some music background? They can use this knowledge to paint or color the sheet music:
Have them color each note value (eighth note, quarter note, etc.) a different color
Have them draw lines to connect all of one type of note, for example, all the quarter notes, all the low C’s etc. Then they can color inside the shapes that these crisscrossing lines make.
In a more complicated piece of music, advanced students can find the melody line and trace along the melody with whatever color they choose.