Degas and Ballet

Image:  Edgar Degas, "The Star" 1879/81  The Art Institute of Chicago

Image: Edgar Degas, "The Star", 1879/81

When discussing Degas and Impressionism I use classical music – preferably classical ballet – to set the mood. Here is some classical and classical ballet music to try:

                                                                                                                 Source: The Art Institute of Chicago

Discussion Questions:

1. Does hearing the music change any impressions about the work of art?

2. How might the scene change with each piece of music? How might the dance moves change? Would there be a change in costume?

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!

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