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Elementary and secondary

Workshop - Seeing Loud: Basquiat and Music

Music was an integral part of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artistic practice. His oeuvre abounds with instruments, as well as references to various musical genres like opera, classical music, jazz (especially bebop), hip-hop and rap. Assembling some hundred of the artist’s works, in addition to audio and film clips and archival materials, the exhibition takes an in-depth look at his career as a musician, the sounds he expressed in painting and the musical artists who inspired him.


The class goes to the Museum.

Duration Cost
120 minutes Elementary: $280/class*
120 minutes Secondary: $360/class*

* Subject to change


How to plan you visit

Raise students’ awareness about

  • The artist’s signature style
  • The relationship between music and the visual arts
  • The expression of ideas and emotions through signs and gestures
Creative activity

  • Creation of an expressive portrait (in mixed media)

In connection with Cognitive Development: Stimulate the imagination
Visual arts language: Identify what various motifs symbolize

10 to 15 minutes
A gallery of signs
Suggest that students devise signs or symbols corresponding to various actions written down on the blackboard; for example, jumping, dancing, becoming dizzy, and so on. Ask them to create a code for each action. Examples: jumping = o o o o; becoming dizzy = թ . Encourage them to use original signs and take some time to have them share what they have come up with individually with the group.

To delve further into this topic

We invite you to learn about this Léon Bellefleur work on the EducArt platform. Bellefleur was an artist who shared the same fundamental need for freedom as Basquiat and who, like the latter, used expressive signs in his artworks.

Planning your visit


The group entrance is located at 2075 Bishop Street.

School bus

If you are coming by school bus, allow extra time for potential traffic congestion.

Métro station

The Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Guy-Concordia Métro station (Guy exit).

Allow sufficient time

Allow approximately 30 minutes for students to be greeted at the entrance, to go to the cloakroom and washroom, and to be divided into groups.


To facilitate movement through the galleries and ensure that everyone gets a good view of the works, each class will be divided into two subgroups composed of a maximum of 15 students (11 for preschool groups). The class will regroup afterward in the workshop, if applicable.

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