Sunday, March 20, 2016

Jazzy Art

During Black History Month, I taught my 2nd graders about one of Red Rose Alley's favorite musicians, Louis Armstrong. 

We read Satchmo's Blues by Alan Schroeder, 

a picture book about Louie Armstrong as a child and his dream to own a cornet

Before painting portraits of him, we looked at real photos of Louie Armstrong. My students loved his expressive nature and his big smile.

Armstrong grew up in New Orleans, so we also studied bright paintings of the French Quarter to make our backgrounds.

As we worked on our art, we listened to What a Wonderful World and La Vie en Rose

I just LOVE how they turned out!  



a writing place said...

Your classes must be a joy!

Our middle son and his wife, had "What a Wonderful World" played, at their wedding reception. So I always remember that, when hearing it or reading it. :-)


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Jess,
I have a collection of Louis Armstrong's music.. My favorite is What a wonderful world.

These little rendition paintings are fantastic! If I were you I would make copies of these and put them together as a little book.. Bravo to the children, and to you, a great Teacher!

Regine Karpel said...

You're a great teacher

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Jess, I just love this post. You know how I feel about Louis Armstrong, and your students really used their imagination with these special paintings. I would love to read that book.


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Jess your students must enjoy themselves with a teacher as fun as you, I too love Louis Amstrong and enjoyed your post.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

How I love childrens' art. AND when I taught English, I read this story to my students. Great memories are painted in vivid colors.

Lowcarb team member said...

Jess - you must be so proud of your 2nd graders ... the art work is just lovely.
Thank you for sharing.

All the best Jan

LoveT. said...

Lovely Paintings :)
Thank you for Sharing Jess!

20 North Ora said...

What a wonderful lesson for your students. They did an amazing job!


Carla from The River said...

I want to be in your class. How fun!!
I love them all.

Susan said...

Oh my GOSH, Jess. Your students are really talented! Loved those. What a super and memorable lesson! Susan

Vintage Vertigo said...

What a wonderful post! I can't think of a better way to allow children to express themselves and that allows for self expression than through art and music. Your post brings back memories of my 4th grade teacher, Ms. Larussa, who so loved Satchmo and introduced us to jazz music. Thank you for the share and your students lovely works of art!

Anonymous said...

OMGosh! Brilliant! You and Satchmo brought out the children's inner Picasso! Such treasures to bring home to their parents. Suitable for framing!
You are a gift, Jess!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

A big hug and thank you to Sheri, for coming over to smell the roses.

Imogen said...

What a fun class! The pictures turned out wonderfully!!

Sakuranko said...

Oh very cute darling!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

What a wonderful project for your students, Jess! I love the paintings your students were inspired to make with your guidance. I can tell you enjoy your job! Lucky students, lucky you! ♥


Fabulous illustrations. A great project.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This is amazing. Louis Armstrong is one of the most talented musicians who ever lived...without a doubt :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

To Sheri, thank you dear friend for coming by to visit!

Kristen Stewart Hot said...

great shere with you