Unit 3 Title
Emotion in Music and Art

Unit Structure

  • Live Video Conferencing with an ACO musician (20-30 min)
  • Classroom lesson delivered by classroom teacher exploring Unit 3 Classroom Lesson on the website (approx. 45 min)
  • Art activity (approx. 45 min)

Student Objectives
By the end of this unit students should

  • Listen to/observe a wide variety of musical and visual art examples
  • Describe/articulate responses to music and art examples.
  • Associate music/art with emotional expression
  • Be able to name (at least one) of the painters represented in the unit
  • Be able to name (at least one) of the composers represented in the unit

Classroom Lesson Strategies

  • On the Unit 3 Classroom Lesson page of the website, look at all the paintings. Discuss the emotion of each.
  • Listen to about 1 minute of each of the musical examples (if you have time, keep listening!) Discuss the emotions of each.

Classroom Art Activity
Draw pictures expressing emotions

Materials Needed
For Videoconferencing:  none
For Classroom Lesson: Workbook optional
For Art Activity: Paper of any size, pens or pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons or paint

Look and listen to the examples on the website. Guide the students to think and reflect on their own emotions in response to the music and art. How you do this is up to you. In addition to any group discussion, give the students time and space to listen and think privately, without having to verbalize or share their thought/feelings out loud.   While listening, allow the students to put their heads down on their desk or close their eyes.

Art Activity

Here is a link to a lesson plan on painting emotions

Also for reference: Colour as Emotion

BONUS (More In Depth!)

(This is an extra extension lesson for teachers that have already been through the program or have extra time.)

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Define and discuss the words that Britten uses to describe Bridge. How does the music sound like these personality traits? Look at the portrait paintings. Explain what a portrait is. Ask the students to pick a person they admire and make a list of all the qualities in that person (alternatively, you could change the activity to be self-portraits and have them list qualities in themselves).

Art Activity – Drawing a Portrait

Students bring in a photo of a person of their choosing and draw a portrait of that person (or a photo of himself or herself, or a mirror). For extra help on drawing portraits, click here.