ANSEL ADAMS LESSON PLAN
for photographs of magnificent mountains, such as Monolith,
Mount Williamson, and Vernal
Falls.Music and its Relation to Other Art
Friends said they could hear Ansel's zone system of tones in his music. He likened the negative to a composer's score, and the photographic print was like a performance with a variety of interpretations, without departing from the major concept.Activities
Look and Listen # 1
Choose an Ansel Adams photograph and ask students what feeling it inspires. Ask the students to suggest songs or musical compositions that inspire similar feelings. Listen to songs, such as those listed and determine if the mood of the image and songs are similar? Why or why not?
Look and Listen # 2Ansel Adams was an accomplished musician, with a career as a pianist before he became a professional photographer He credited the study of music with his development of self-discipline and the pursuit of precision. The pianist Ashkenazy played at his 80th birthday party. He learned to play Handel, Bach, Mozart, and some of his favorite pieces are Beethoven's 4th Symphony and Moonlight Sonata.
Listen to some of the music Ansel Adams most enjoyed or other classical selection and determine if the music is in the same spirit as his photographs.
Housatonic Museum of Art