Collaborating to Music at San Jose Middle School

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This year Youth in Arts received the Children’s Visual Art Discovery contract from the Kennedy Center.  Every student participating in the program will be participating in the Kennedy Center’s digital art exhibit, with the potential for their art to be chosen to travel to the Kennedy Center and to be exhibited there for an entire year!
Mentor Artist Julia James offered her students in Cindy Evan’s middle school class “Motivated to Create…Harmony”, a Kennedy Center lesson utilizing music as you create. First, the students listened to music featuring just one instrument as they created a piece of art.
Then they worked in pairs as they listened to music with two instruments. Finally, the entire class worked together as they listened to a full orchestra.
Julia introduced the students to a wide variety of materials and media to create. We can see all of their many techniques in the finished canvas: Stamped textures, paint with tempera cakes, printing with ink on rollers, bubble wrap and other textures. Students made every choice of design and tool and practiced gross and fine motor skills as they rolled, brushed, stenciled, drew and painted to music.
This VSA program is provided in 2017-2018 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This program is also supported by the Buck Family Foundation and Marin Charitable.BFF-of-MCF-logoKC_Contract_color 2017-18

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