Saturday, 2 February 2008

Art and Music

Maggie McGrane and I are working on a project that will extend the Christmas project into the area of animated shapes and music.

This is something that flash is ideally suited for.

The project came about because Mark the music teacher saw the Christmas Greeting work done by Year 3 (see below) and was excited with the possibility of doing something with Year 4 where animated shapes portrayed the emotions of the music. A brilliant concept that I've done some work with but this is a new approach that provides much greater scope for children's creativity.

Geoff has just prepared a tutorial on how to animate shapes in the way shown in the entry here much lower on Art and Music.

A second one shows how to add music.

We'll keep you posted (Contact me on gd at if interested!


Blogger Maggie said...

I am very excited about using Flash again and taking it forward with the students. As Geoff mentioned this idea came from the music teacher who enjoyed looking at the Christmas greetings. His idea was to make an animation to go with each of the 7 areas of music (form, rhythm, dynamics, timbre, texture, melody and harmony), which could then be used in a musical concert with the students' own compositions. This is very exciting, but I don't know very much about music so it is also quite a challenge. So far I have done lots of practicing with different shapes in Flash and have had lots of conversations with Geoff about the best way forward with this. Thankfully I have Skype as I cannot imagine what the cost of a telephone conversation from Thailand to the UK would be at peak times!

6 February 2008 at 10:17  

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