A sound world of colours by Fran Balsera & Claudia Valentini

As Paul Klee in Fugue in red, there are people that experience colours while hearing music. Our students are going to listen to different musical extracts and have to decide what colour (or colours) they recognise.

the support required

the learning outcomes

  • To explore cultural resources taking a virtual tour.
  • To express emotions through music, colours and art.
  • To curate a virtual museum in collaboration with eTwinning partners (mixed groups)

the online tools

the activity description

Our students are going to take a Virtual Tour in Europeana Collections. The theme used to explore the cultural open resources in Europeana, is ‘a sound world of colours’. Students will have to use creatively and express themselves with the colour they have chosen and by which they have been matched in groups from the partners schools, by using images, sounds, movement. They curate a virtual museum in collaboration with eTwinning partners.

eTwinning partners motivate the Virtual Tour by listening to Vivaldi Quattro Stagioni - Autunno as a synestetic experience for the shades of red. We can complement and enrich the experience by reading the following quotation:

“I hear the question upon your lips: What is it to be a colour? Colour is the touch of the eye, music to the deaf, a word out of the darkness. (...) I’m so fortunate to be red! I’m fiery. I’m strong. (...) Wherever I’m spread, I see eyes shine, passions increase, eyebrows rise and heartbeats quicken. Behold how wonderful it is to live! Behold how wonderful to see. I am everywhere. Life begins with and returns to me. Have faith in what I tell you. [Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red]

In Europeana Collections, using the ‘colour’ research key and their group’s color, ss of the partners schools will discover images, videos, audios, texts. As the collaborative groups are Spanish and Italian, they’ll use colour names also in Spanish, Italian and English. They choose and curate the pictures they want to display in their Virtual Tour. As the aggregated Europeana resources are open and shareable, ss can use the direct link to the pictures into the creative collaborative activity. Each group creates an Artsteps gallery of their curated collaborative work, adding the musical background that triggered it. They’ll share their galleries in the TwinSpace.

the assessment

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