It's an unusual marriage, pottery and Mozart, but one that made perfect sense for BB&N sixth graders visiting their older counterparts in the Middle School ceramics studio earlier this week.
The collaboration was born out of a discussion at faculty orientation nearly three years ago between Lower School Music Teacher Greg Fernandes and Middle School Art Teacher Sasha Bergmann. The two have been toying with various ways to combine art and music ever since. This fall, they finally landed on an intriguing concept.
"We used square slabs of clay to start with a basic idea or theme using each student's name, and from there we moved to the next tile to show a variation of the original theme," says Fernandes. "Listening to Mozart's 12 variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star), the students had to incorporate the changes in the music into the changes of their clay slabs"
The hands-on project forced students to connect subtle variations in the music with variations in their own clay tiles, making for "an awesome experience" which students thoroughly enjoyed.
"One of the coolest parts of the project was the creativity that we saw in their work," says Fernandes. "The students really made an effort to incorporate things like volume, speed, and intensity of the music into their clay art."
A sunny ceramics studio, hands deep in clay, and Mozart in the background...what's not to enjoy?