Painting To Music
Inspiring Creativity With A Paint Brush & A Song
Do you usually listen to music when you paint? We don’t naturally gravitate to playing music here and often Liam has to be in the mood to tolerate music anyway. We have been making musical instruments this week so I thought a great idea might be to try and paint whatever moves us while we listen to a favorite CD.
Liam and I have done Music Together classes since he was just 8 weeks old. These parent/child classes focus on rhythm and movement with your child in a very supportive atmosphere. Your children are free to move around the room as they wish and are encouraged to participate only if they want to do so. The belief is that by watching the parent and listening, even if sitting under a table, the child is still absorbing the music. Hopefully, what the child has watched and heard will come out at home as he or she listens to the CD during the week! Liam had done very well in the class up until six months ago but we found it was over stimulating and less engaging as it had been in the past. I always hope to go back, but we still play all the music.
I think he feels the beat of the drum!
His favorite is the drum collection (each one features a different instrument). Liam does love to play all his instruments and he has a music table set up upstairs as well. However, the drum has a wonderful deep sound that goes right down into your body. I am assuming he finds this soothing. So I taped down to large pieces of paper and gave him several brushes and a palette of paint and started the music. Painting took on a whole new round of fun for him and watching him, it really seemed like he got into the rhythm of it! Many people choose classical pieces for this, but I really wanted him to love this idea so I chose music he was already happy listening to. Maybe next time, we will break out some Bach!
Have you ever painted to music? I love your comments!