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Reproduce the cacophony of jazz in a visual portrait of a musician from shapes using collage, crayon resist and watercolor techniques.
Talk about what shapes music: notes, chords, rhythm, melody, riffs, and vamps to name a few. Acknowledge that the students are well-versed in pop music but ask how many are familiar with the style of music called jazz. Share jazz’s history and its place in our history as a truly American style of music.
Challenge the students to design portraits of a jazz musician without a pencil; draw shapes with scissors. Think about the shapes that make up our bodies: head-circle, arms-arcs, torso-block, legs-triangles. Next, look closer at people’s features to break these down into smaller shapes: eyes, hair, cheeks, lips and more.
Provide the students with pieces of brightly colored card stock and printed paper like wrapping paper or wallpaper. Have them cut out their shapes using Crayola® Pointed Tip Scissors and then assemble them on a piece of large craft paper cut from a roll. Once they are satisfied with their portraits, they may glue the pieces to the craft paper shape using Crayola® No-Drip School Glue and Crayola® Glue Sticks.
Talk about how sounds and notes are layered in jazz to create an improvised tapestry. Now encourage students to add more layers to their creation using Crayola® Crayons and Crayola® Watercolors. Demonstrate how to make a crayon resist design by first drawing with the waxy crayons and then covering the crayon with a watercolor wash.
To animate their portraits with energy, provide students with Crayola Glitter Glue for highlighting movement on their figures.
Display these portraits on a bulletin board in the classroom, hall or library.
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