Saturday, July 7, 2012

Color temperature, and fireworks in Art and Music

For Art class, Sam taught us about the Kelvin Scale and color temperature. He showed us how we can apply this knowledge to make things we draw (flames and fireworks, for example) look HOT. We reviewed what is the hottest part of a flame here: (subscription required).
We all tried our hand at it. L-R from top: Sam's example, Abe, Marilyn, Ky, Seb, and Daisy

Then we looked at and discussed the paintings and drawings in this article:

And these:

We all really loved these daytime fireworks (they rely on colored smoke effects instead of fire!):

We also listened to some music related to fireworks. There's Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, which is very regal and impressive, and also Debussy's Feux d'artifice (it's from Book II of the Preludes), which I'm partial to since I played it at one of my recitals in college. Both pieces are full of good discussion points: how does one re-create a visual effect without any visuals? Which musical devices make us think of explosions, smoke, sparks, etc? Why would the composer use the dynamics as he did? And so forth. Young kids are surprisingly good at talking about this sort of thing. It's really fun to see what they say.

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