Art and Music

For this project choose a song you really like.  This song must have lyrics that are appropriate for school.  Look up the lyrics online and read them while you listen to your song

  • What is your song about?
  • What sort of mood/vibe does this song create?
  • Is it upbeat or slow?

You will be creating a painting that centers around the song you have chosen.  You will be creating a narrative using figures and objects.


  • Narrative art: art that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time

Start with (as always) thumbnails!  Create three miniature sketches with three different ideas for the same song.  Think about what kind of story your song is telling first, then think of how you can place the components of your sketch to tell that story.

Here is a great example of a painting that has a narrative by Kathryn Myers:


  • What do you think is happening in this painting?
  • What is the general mood of this painting?
  • How does the artist get the mood across to the viewer?
  • Who/what is the focus of this painting?

Consider how the artist created narrative when you make your thumbnails.  Once your thumbnails are done choose the strongest one to use as the basis for your painting.

Keep in mind that color is a powerful tool for conveying mood.  Choose your colors wisely to best get your song’s message across.  I encourage you to listen to your song while you work, listening to your song repeatedly will help you notice things about it you might have missed the first time around.


  • Your painting uses interactions between figures and objects to create a narrative
  • You have printed out the lyrics of your song to accompany your painting (lyrics must be appropriate for school)
  • Craftsmanship! Painting is neat, effort is obvious, pencils lines are covered up, no blank paper is showing

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