We discuss Kandinsky and how he used music as an inspiration for his paintings. As he worked with a composer, his paintings depict the tones and tempos heard in the music. On day one we dedicate the entire class period to painting the background. Of course with the tissue paper I tear all the pieces up and the kids use glue water to "paint" on top of the tissue to make it stick and bleed into the other colors. This usually takes the entire class period.
On day two we take a vote on what kind of music we will listen to while we paint. On this particular day the kids voted on a violin concerto. While the music is playing, the kids use ONLY black paint to "paint what they hear". As you can see on the painting above, she painted long, swirly lines--most likely depicting the long runs you would hear in the concerto.
Whether or not the kids "get it" every one of these projects turns out awesome and SO colorful! These are definitely a favorite every year!