The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso is a great image to teach students about mood. Since mood is also a term used in music, I use this opportunity to draw comparisons to help illustrate the art concepts.
I discovered some guitar tracks in Garageband useful to help the students make the connection between mood in art and music. I begin to play the guitar sounds and have the students give a thumbs up or thumbs down if they think the music mood matches the visual mood of the painting. The kids really get a kick out of this exercise and it helps reinforce the concepts.
Paul McCartney was also inspired by “The Old Guitarist”. Watch Two Fingers below:
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