Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Musicians of Bremen M13

Gretchen's lesson.

8 year olds

We began the day making observational drawings. I offered the children a choice of feathers, shells, keys or leaves to focus on their details. I think little plastic animals would have worked well here as they could focus the children earlier, in the subject matter. Also we could have talked about the shapes in depth as they were drawing.

The inquiry focus this term is about friendships. I chose the story called "The Musicians of Bremen", a classic by the Brothers Grimm. The children listened to the story...The Musicians of Bremen

We had a discussion about the value of friends. Why friends are important. What constitutes a friend. They were well versed in the subject. They quickly saw the connection between our discussion and the story.

 Our background is musical instruments drawn with wax crayon and covered in black dye.

We chose the time when the animals worked together to look in the window, to be the focus of our art. 
The children sectioned off their page, from large to small, according to the size needed for each animal. The drew their animals with marker and coloured with coloured pencils. 
I love the enthusiasm the children had for drawing the animals (which aren't easy to draw)
They cut them out and put them on the music background.


  1. I have wanted to do an art lesson based on The Musicians of Bremen for quite a while. I love the contrast of the animals against the black dye and bright crayons. These are so much fun!

    1. Thank you Mary. If I take this lesson again (there is a high chance of this) I will encourage smaller drawings of instruments. They clash a bit with the similar sized animals. One wee girl wrote music on hers which could be developed too.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!! Sylvia's artwork will be going in a frame when it comes home! Thank you. She told me all about it at the end of the day. Art is one of her favourite subjects ever..

    1. Thanks so much for your comments. If Sylvia was my wee one, I'd put her art in a frame too.



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