At a recent Lower School Friday Morning Meeting, Fifth Grade students presented their Archimusic paintings in the form of performance art. Their favorite songs played as they brought their finished designs to the runway. Archimusic is a combination of architecture and music. It was created by the Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina, who took twenty-seven popular songs from Nirvana, John Coltrane, and The Beatles and transformed them to make cartoon-like buildings.
Students have worked on this project since November. First, students picked one of their favorite songs as their inspiration for their architectural drawing. Then, they discussed architecture. Students brainstormed about the styles of architecture they saw around Seattle and throughout the country. Finally, it came time to sketch out their ideas. The biggest challenge for the students was to make their buildings appear three dimensional and realistic. After transferring their sketches to canvas paper, they began to paint. Using acrylics, students painted their architectural buildings to bring out the mood of their music through the colors they chose. This annual project is always a lot of fun! You can see photographs from their presentation here