Adirondack Rivers in Picture and song
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Grade: K - 4th Grade
Class: Art & Music
Author: Carol Pines
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The ArtsNatural History
Performance Indicators:

Art 1: experiment and create art works, in a variety of mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, video, and computer graphics), based on a range of individual and collective experiences (a)

Art 4: look at a variety of art works and artifacts from diverse cultures of the United States and identify some distinguishing characteristics (b)

Keywords: the natural environment, animals, Adirondack activities
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What are some of the most beautiful and precious elements of our local landscape? How can we represent them in music and the visual arts? What do our region's natural beauty, wildlife, and activities have in common with other regions?

Art and music teachers are encouraged to creatively work with the classroom teacher on this challenge.

The Challenge:

In  art class,  with the help of the teacher, view and discuss paintings from the Hudson River School, especially those of the Adirondack, Lake George, and Upper Hudson regions.Discover the mountains, rivers, lakes,and  cloud formations similar to those we see in Lake Luzerne and Hadley. Notice the use of "atmospheric perspective",composition and placement of elements to create foreground, middleground, and background.

In music class, learn a song from the Appalachian Mountains. Change the geographical  words to turn the song into an Adirondack song. Visit the Upper Hudson River and observe the "white" water  and the surrounding mountains. 

In art class," illustrate" the words of the song by finding vivid images and making  colorful pictures using craypas and the principles observed in the paintings from the Hudson River School painters.

Find other ''water" songs (extrapolating from the importance of the global water cycle to create rivers)  such as  "Singing in the Rain" and " Que LLueva". Perform the Adirondack River Song  and other water songs in concert and display the pictures .

Examples of Student Work

An Arts Forever Wild Project

Quality Standards:

Group discussion and observations re Hudson River School painters   

Learn to sing Appalacian Mountain folksong, then change words to fit Adirondacks              

Complete 2 worksheets based on words of song and on site observation of the Hudson River

Perform Adirondack song and 2 other "water" songs in concert

Illustrate words of the Adirondack song and display pictures

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Art/ELA: student choses "vivid" verbal image from the song to illustrate

Art: student  incorporated elements of mountains, river, sky, animals, and trees in picture 

Art: student used some form of perspective in the picture

Art: student used craypas (or other media) appropriately and vividly

Art/ELA: student incorporated text being illustrated into the picture

Art: student's representation of trees, animals, mountains , sky, etc. demonstrate a relatively sophisticated  level of observation


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