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'Artie the Art Bus' project teaches Springfield students about synesthesia

The art will be displayed in April at the Eugene Symphony performance.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 4:16 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2018 4:21 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Students at Page Elementary in Springfield learned about the connection between color and sound with “Artie the Art Bus.”

They learned about Alexander Scriabin, a Russian musician, and Vassily Kandinsky, an artist. Both have synesthesia, a condition where two senses that aren’t usually connected are, like hearing color.

During the project, students were challenged to listen to music with their eyes closed and use markers and water colors to draw what they were hearing.

“For a lot of students, not having the pressure to make something look like a drawing, a house to look like a house, or a flower, having it be abstract is kinda freeing,” art bus teacher Melanie Pearson said.

The bus was set to make stops at Camas Ridge Elementary School and Fairfield Elementary.

The art will be displayed in April at the Eugene Symphony performance.

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