This project was a lot of fun! I decided to go out on a limb and try something new for our St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Picture the Music Art Competition. First, we all listened to a musical composition and brainstormed some colors, shapes, and lines that would go well with the music. The students used oil pastels to create an abstract work of art that best represented the music. Next, for some added interest to their drawings, we made our own paintbrushes/stamps using pipe cleaners. Each student got 5 pipe cleaners, twisted them together, and spread out the bottom ends to create a 'star' shape. Students then used their new 'paintbrush' to stamp colorful shapes on top of their drawings. This was a lot of fun and gave the students the chance to think 'outside of the box' or 'outside of the painting' for once!