Photism-Creating Music Through Artworks (LS-HR-334)

Did you know that you can create music using artworks? This interdisciplinary learning scenario will show you how music and visual arts are connected.

Artwork and music notes
Artwork and music notes

Connecting visual arts and music

As an introductory activity teacher and students play different instruments and sing along. Students get introduced to Europeana by describing pictures connected to music. After that, they listen to a Europeana recording that should stimulate them to create drawings and paintings. They use their own drawings and paintings to create music through a digital tool called photism.

Visual art created by a students after listening to a song from the Europeana Collections
Visual art created by a students after listening to a song from the Europeana Collections

Creating sounds from colours

Then, students take a photo of their art creations (drawings, paintings) and upload it to Photism digital tool. The tool derives sounds from prominent colours in pictures, and students can click on each colour to hear the sound of it. Also, they can explore the sound of the picture as a whole by clicking play.  

Another visual art created by a students after listening to a song from the Europeana Collections
Another visual art created by a students after listening to a song from the Europeana Collections

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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