POP! Goes the Music
At JJ Harris Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, Music Teacher David Osborne made Fine Arts Night POP!
National Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. In Georgia, the theme of this year’s YAM was pop art, and students from around the state created their own colorful pieces in the style of artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Taking inspiration from this theme, and in collaboration with JJ Harris Art Teacher Whitney Riker, David designed a pop music show for the 4th and 5th grade that featured the students’ pop art projects throughout the performance. The multimedia event was presented in the style of a live radio show, and students acted as DJs and starred in commercials which revolved around the art projects. The pop music featured in the event was student-selected, and David’s own Orff instrument composition is featured (at 14:40) during a mashup-remix.
This fun and innovative event truly showcased the students’ work as well as the value of fine arts education.