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Conductive Kandinskys

This project was a collaboration between Lisa Forte (Music Teacher) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (Art Teacher) at Edgewood Elementary School in Scarsdale, NY. The goal of this project was to combine music and art in order to teach Kindergarten students the principles of circuitry through the embodiment of sound. Students explored the art of Wassily Kandinsky and the musical composition was composed by Lisa Forte.

In the music room, students gained awareness of pitch, rhythm, tempo and dynamics by embodying melodies/loops ("put the sounds in their bodies") through movement. In the art room, we listened to the same melodies/loops and interpreted these sounds into color, line, shape and form. Using conductive paint, students outlined their (elements) painted lines, shapes and forms. Each painting was hooked up to a MaKey MaKey circuit system, which is plugged into a computer that has Scratch software programmed to play each melody/loop separately. This process allows each element to play the same melody/loop when the painting is touched and the circuit is completed.

Students experimented with a circuit box, which utilizes a MaKey Makey. Students then drew circuit designs in pencil. They hooked their drawing up to the circuit box, touched the ground wire with one hand and their drawing with the other. If their circuit was complete a sound played, if not they had to experiment independently to find out why. Once they had a complete understanding, they then went back to their Conductive Kandinsky painting to fix any missed connections or errors.

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Smiley  Jillian said on April 22, 2015:
Sounds Fun
Smiley  Zoe F stealing charlies ipad:)))) said on February 13, 2015:
that video is wow
Smiley  Cecilia A. said on February 13, 2015:
Those are really nice paintings you have there!!!!!!!!
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Smiley  Maya said on January 20, 2015:
I like the video 😀
Smiley  Mr. Cadalzo said on January 20, 2015:
What an incredible project!! I can't imagine a better way to bring together art, music and science! I wish I were in the class having as much fun as the kids in the video! :-) As the girl at the end said, "AWESOME!"