Drawing to Music
This is a good warm up conversational activity. Without prelude, put on a nice piece of instrumental music and give each student a blank piece of paper and tell them to draw whatever comes to their mind. Let them go for a couple of minutes, until they have created a good base for their drawings, then grab each paper and give it to another student. Tell them to continue drawing on their new picture. Do this two or three times. With the music still playing, take all of the pictures and lay them out on the floor. Have all of the students come to the front and choose the drawing they like best. (With a large class, you can have them do this as a group.) Then tell the students to tell the story of their picture.
My favorite piece to use is the untitled hidden track at the end of the 10,000 Maniacs disc The Earth Pressed Flat, but any pretty instrumental would be appropiate.
Pasitos Jason Wells
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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