Inspired by the innovation of DJ Screw’s music, interact directly with sound by creating a one-of-a-kind instrument made of recycled materials.
Below is our instructional guide for hosting this Virtual Open Studio activity at home. A video for this activity will also be released on our IGTV!
Containers with lids (water bottles or cylinder packaging like coffee cans, food cans)
Sound items (beans, rice, paper clips, coins, cotton swabs, or beads)
Paper for decorating (magazines, scrap paper)
Adhesive (craft clue, glue sticks, masking or painter’s tape)
Drawing utensils (crayons, colored pencils, markers, pens)
01. GATHER MATERIALS
Find a place at home where you can safely lay out your materials and comfortably work on your artwork. Make sure your sound items fit into collected containers.
02. DESIGN INSTRUMENTS
Take your time to look through materials. What materials make sound and how? Which materials could become a sound shaker? A drum? Group materials together to create multiple instruments.
03. CREATE SOUNDS
Select a design, then arrange your materials. If you are making a shaker: grab a container, then fill the container with one sound item, leaving space for movement within the container. Cover the container’s opening and shake the container to create a sound. If you are making a drum: grab a cylindrical container, completely cover one side of the container, then try hitting the covered side with various objects to create a sound. Glue or tape down your materials. What other instruments can you think of making now?
Using masking tape and paper, decorate or cover your containers. Paper can cover large areas, tape can cover smaller areas.
Take this activity an extra step and host a concert with friends/family members and your new instruments.
About Virtual Open Studios
CAMH’s Virtual Open Studios feature instructions for pop-up activities that draw inspiration from the exhibitions on view. Using readily available materials you can find at home, explore imaginative concepts inspired by world-renowned artists who show at the Museum by making your own artworks in response to theirs. Virtual Drop-In Experiences are released on our website at 2PM, the first Saturday of every month. All ages, always free.