What is a sound creature?
We are going to listen to a sound and use it to inspire a drawing. We have five different sounds to choose from.
Your challenge is to draw a creature inspired by the sound you hear.
What does it look like? Does it sound like a big or small creature? Is it real, imaginary, or a bit of both? Where does it live? Does it have a superpower?
How artists use sound to inspire them
Artists have often been inspired by sounds that intrigue them or by music they love.
This is an artwork called Percussion by André Bicât. He was an artist who liked to listen to music while he made art. He made this artwork as part of a series called Rhythms of different artworks inspired by different instruments and sounds. Percussion instruments are ones where you make a sound by hitting them with your hand or a stick.
What about this work makes you think he might have been listening to beating drums while he made it?
This artwork by Tom Phillips is called Music Drawing. Phillips drew while he listened to music. He wanted us to ‘read’ some of his drawings from left to right as though we were listening along to the music along witih him.
Other artists make something called sound art. This is where the sound is the art!
let's get started
What you need
- Headphones (or you can listen to the sounds out loud)
- Pens and pencils
You could draw your creature online using Tate Paint.
This activity is based around sounds. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you might want to use the word prompts below as inspiration to create a creature, or ask a friend to describe the sounds to you.
Spiky / Spotty / Silky / Squiggly / Smooth
Draw a Surreal Creature instead.