ISL students learn how music and art can work in harmony
By Alexandra Agbor International School of Luxembourg's Grade 9 art students have been learning how the inspiration of music can lead to more complex art creations, such as graffiti painting on one of the school’s playground walls.
The project started at the beginning of the school year when students took a field trip to the Pompidou-Metz to visit the “MusiCircus” exhibition.
“We went to the Pompidou and experienced a display of art that was a cross section in between art and music. Modern art was incorporated and the use of colour and line was amazing” as Maria Diss, one of the art students, describes it.
After this inspiring visit, each student had to choose their own song and produce an abstract painting which displayed their emotions conveyed by the music.
Elisa Martini, 9th Grade art student, explained the art creation process; “Playing around with painting techniques and using the basic art principles, led to the production of abstract pieces, each with a different universe painted onto it. From the paintings, we crafted sculptures using foam-core (a type of easily malleable board), which had to be linked back to our paintings. All of this project was a great way to introduce us 9th graders to all the art principles (movement, balance, colours, etc.) and to help us explore and take advantage of the materials around us too.”
In a further step, Stick, a local graffiti artist, took the inspiration of the imagery created by the 9th Grade visual arts students and painted a large grey wall on ISL’s Playground.
Stick who has been a graffiti artist since 1995 describes this mural as a “fantastic landscape”. Mike Hitchman, Upper School Principal at ISL, summarised this project at the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday, as a “true authentic learning experience” and the mural as a “long standing memory of life at ISL, of the 9th grade students, and of Stick”.