Teaching Artist Pyeng Threadgill conducts the A-train. Children put on their fancy threads and pack a picnic lunch and head down south to Mississippi and Louisiana to listen and feel the jazz of the early 20th century. Then they make their way back to Harlem, New York City and sizzle to Charlie "Bird" Parker on his sax.
Celia, our visual artist came in and talked to us about Kandinsky and how listening to Jazz inspired him to paint. He was an improvisor. The children created art in Kandinsky's style and listened to Jazz an made art. They used crayons, creamy crayons, water to create a wash with the creamy crayons, and finally water color. It was magnificent watching them work together and create discover new way to use the materials. They listed to Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington. Some expressed how their moods, feelings, and rhythms changed with the different music and how this affected how they drew or painted.