Process Art {Painting to Music}

I decided to see how music moved the girls during some recent painting sessions
This was a two day process for us.

The first day we listened to a few different music stations on Pandora
I took note of the types of music that they showed interest in

The next day I chose 3 songs from 3 different genres
(Keep in mind, I'm not an expert)
Before playing a song 
I talked with the girls about trying to think about how and what the music made them feel
We sat on the floor, closed our eyes, and listened to the song in its entirety 

When the song was finished I set up the paper and brushes
allowed them to choose whatever colors they were feeling
and played the song again for them while they painted.

I did ask them to paint the whole time of the song
and I restarted the song if they weren't finished painting

We did this process for all 3 songs with about 30 minutes between each painting session

Clair de Lune~Debussy

I started the girls off with a nice slow relaxing song
C chose blue, green and purple and made mostly big, slow, circular paint strokes
A chose blue and pink and made longer streaks across the bottom and the top of her paper
The Phantom of the Opera~Andrew Lloyd Webber
I was most interested in seeing how C would translate this song on to paper
(The Phantom of the Opera is one of her favorite movies)
She chose pink, black, and yellow and used mostly black.
This was the only session where she created a story about her painting
This is a picture of poor Christine that has been burnt (but only a little bit) 
 A was fun to watch during this song because she sure had fun making the dots by slamming the paint brush down on the paper

Organ Donor~DJ Shadow
This is the kind of music that gets me pumped and this is where I learned something new about my girls
Though they love jumping around and having crazy dance parties to music like this
It did not motivate them to paint
C painted for the whole song but I could tell that she wasn't feeling the music
A sat for about 5 seconds and took off to play
and that was the end of our painting sessions!

Has music ever moved you to paint?
What's your favorite music to listen to while creating?

Process art is for anyone and everyone
Can you guess which painting of mine goes with what song?


  1. This is really interesting! I'll have to give this a try. R loves music and has different styles of dancing for different styles of music. I wonder how it would influence his painting. I played the Organ Donor song for R and his dancing was really interesting! It was funny little tiptoe dancing paired with a moonwalk/duckface sort of thing. Haha. I so wish I could have filmed it!

    1. haha Joyce! R's dance sounds eerily similar to mine....heehee

  2. This is AWESOME!! I met a lady in a class I took last year that paints while listening to music. I plan to have her come to my preschool class and be painting while music is playing for about an hour and then providing canvases for my children to explore themselves. Your post reminded me that I need to plan that soon. Please check out my blog page on Facebook to see some of what we've been up to.

    1. Thanks for visiting Ms. Barbara! I'd love to hear about how your music painting session goes when you do it! :)
      Checking out your page!

  3. Making art to music is always great. Wonderful post and love how you included the actual music with the post. Check out Kandinsky for Art inspired by music.

  4. What a great idea, and it's fascinating to see the difference in the art with each different piece of music. I'm going to try this


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