We started off with a party in first grade! We discussed how different lines convey different emotions. After looking at all the lines in Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky's work, I told the students that he often painted to music. We had fun discussing what kind of music he might have been listening to for each painting.
Then, we became the artists! I made a fun playlist of about ten very different songs. I played about 20 seconds of each song while the students used crayon to create lines that described that song. Then, we pained in our spaces to give it extra color. Excellent start, sweet first graders!