This winter, take a family dive into the musical world of Beethoven. Our guides Laryssa, François and Adi have put together 3 thematic activity sheets – they will be available one at a time – about the Hotel Beethoven exhibition. Have a look at the first one and unleash your boundless creativity!
Before you start the three activities, listen to what our guide Laryssa has to say...
Now that we’re done with introductions, enjoy the following creative activities!
1. LET'S DRAW MUSIC
You will need:
— colouring pencils or markers
— your computer or smartphone to listen to the music
Have you ever noticed how music affects us in strange ways? It influences our emotions, conjures up images, reawakens memories… In the following activity, let the music go through you and then express your impressions in a drawing.
1° Click on the playlist below.
2° Get inspired by what you hear.
3° As you listen to the music, freely draw what your body tells you to express. Lines, curves, loops, waves, dots, patterns, patches of colour... Anything works!
4° Compare each other’s drawings while listening to the music again. Are they similar or different? Did the music seem happy/sad, calm/restless, steady/changing, slow/fast…? Did you draw differently when several instruments were playing simultaneously? Remember, compare without being judgemental! 😊
The following playlist includes music by Beethoven as well as by other musicians who have been inspired by his music.
Did you know?
In the Hotel Beethoven exhibition “ballroom”, drawings by Jorinde Voigt hang on the wall right by the pianos. The drawings were directly inspired by Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
2. AKIN TO A BAOBAB TREE
Did you know?
In his 6th Symphony, known as the Pastoral Symphony, Beethoven drew inspiration for his music from his walks in nature: the singing of birds, rain and the roar of thunder.
3. FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Each artist has their own approach to creativity. Beethoven, for example, often wandered through nature in search of inspiration. David Bowie would cut out words at random and make collages to create original lyrics.
- How do you find inspiration?
- At what time of the day do you feel particularly inspired or creative?
- What do you think it takes to be creative? Talent, passion, willpower, time, genius, the desire to work, perseverance, courage...?
- Can imagination overcome boredom? Do you enjoy delving into your imagination to create?
- If Beethoven was alive today, where do you think he would draw his inspiration to compose?