Beethoven’s Music is Muse for Green Bay Fifth Grade Art Students

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Fifth graders at Martin and Wequiock Elementary Schools are using Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Symphony No. 3 and Symphony No. 8 for inspiration while they paint. The lesson is part of the “Symphony in Color” project in conjunction with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s (GBSO’s) Music for a Great City program.

Martin Elementary art teacher Sarah Cherovsky’s students are working in watercolor, oil pastels, illustration pens, crayons and other mediums. The format for each individual piece is a circle, and once completed, the pieces will come together to create an entire work of art. These will be on display at the Weidner Center for the GBSO’s opening concert Saturday, October 13 and installed in the Weidner Center for the 2012-13 season.

Due to the interpretive nature of the lesson, all are abstract and unique, according to Cherovsky. “Students in each class were played music composed by Beethoven and asked how they could create a single piece of work from the hands of 100 fifth grade artists,  just as musicians with their unique instruments come together to perform a symphony,” Cherovsky explains. “This was an exercise in creative thinking and problem solving that the students thoroughly enjoyed.” 

“Through our partnership with the Green Bay Area Public Schools and the great relationships we have with their spectacular teachers, the Symphony in Color project is just another way in which the GBSO is looking to engage as many people as possible in our community in the Music for a Great City program,” says Michael Stefiuk, GBSO executive director.

The Music for a Great City program was launched in the Green Bay Area Public School District during the GBSO’s 2011-12 season. Seeing a need to enhance students’ music appreciation, the GBSO worked with sixth grade music teachers to incorporate symphonic curriculum in their music classes.

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