Paint and Draw

Make a Soundscape

Listen to sounds and make rubbings to create a soundscape with Kirstie Beaven

You will need

  • Paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Crayons if you have them
  • Scrap packaging like cardboard boxes, bubble wrap or string (things with interesting textures will be useful)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • You might want headphones to listen to the sounds

This activity is based around music. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you might want to ask a friend to describe the sounds to you or try this collage activity instead.

Other ideas to try

  • Instead of listening to the sounds in the video, you could just imagine the feeling of different types of weather, like rain, wind, sunshine or clouds. All these types of weather might make you feel differently.
  • For example, how does rain feel on your skin? Can you make a drawing to show how it feels? Is it hot or cold? What about wind? Does it make you feel calm, or busy? Is it warm or cold?

Artists included in this video

Avis Newman, ‘The Wing of the Wind of Madness’ 1982
Avis Newman
The Wing of the Wind of Madness 1982
© Avis Newman
Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth’ exhibited 1842
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842
Lee Ufan, ‘From Line’ 1978
Lee Ufan
From Line 1978
© Lee Ufan
Victor Pasmore, ‘Spiral Motif in Green, Violet, Blue and Gold: The Coast of the Inland Sea’ 1950
Victor Pasmore
Spiral Motif in Green, Violet, Blue and Gold: The Coast of the Inland Sea 1950
© Tate

A note for teachers

Watching this video your students will generate ideas independently listening to sounds from the natural world. They will make a creative response drawing on their own experience of their surroundings. They will learn about using different materials including pens, pencils, crayons and recycled materials. Taking inspiration from famous artists they will develop a range of ideas. They will experiment with mark making, lines, shapes and learn how to make a rubbing to cerate repeated shapes or patterns.

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