Music-Inspired Art

Summary: Let kids draw or paint what the music makes them feel or think of.


  • Decorating materials (glitter, googly eyes, pom poms, etc)
  • Brushes
  • Paint (watercolors are easy)
  • Cups
  • Coloring supplies
  • Music speaker
  • Newspaper (in case of paint spills)
  • Paper


  1. Lay down newspaper if you’re using a messy medium.
  2. Lay out the supplies you brought and ensure each kid has a sheet of paper for each song.
  3. Clearly state your expectations for the activity, and show some examples.
  4. Pre-brief by talking about how music can make you feel different ways.
  5. Play a few different songs (maybe some classical, country, upbeat, slow, etc.). Between songs, give the students extra time after or play the song again if they are still working on their creations. Let the kids know that they can do whatever they want with colors, symbols, squigglies, etc.
  6. Have a discussion and emphasize how music can be a great coping skill to make you feel more calm or happy.

Debrief Questions:

  • How did the songs make you feel?
  • Do you have a favorite song? Why? What would you draw for a song like that?
  • When do you like to listen to music?
  • Can music change your mood?

Grade Level: Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Messiness Level: Sort of Messy

Activity Length: Medium (15-30 minutes)