The Art of Jazz at RCK

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For Black History Month, students at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School were treated to a cross-curricular synthesis with a jazz flavor. Art teacher Dana Belfiore’s classes studied the art and musical movements of the Harlem Renaissance – particularly the work of Romare Bearden, who created numerous paintings and collages about African-American life featuring musicians playing their instruments in jazz clubs. During science classes, the students explored the nature of sound, while in music classes they read a book about jazz and discovered more information about the music itself. In art, they not only learned about the different classifications of instruments and how they produce sound, but the students had the chance to draw from still life using real instruments, listening to actual jazz on the radio while they drew.