Fourth grade students studied the art of the guitar. Students looked at 4 centuries of guitar design and discussed why this instuments design has gone through more changes than any other. Students also described how changes in fashion, technology, and musical tastes influenced the design of this popular instrument. After viewing many examples from the past and present -students set out to design thier own guitars. We learned that the electric guitar could be shaped however the artist desired since the sound was not going to be affected by the shape. We viewed many examples of creative designs- like the flying V, a guitar shaped like a crutch, a moon, even one shaped like the USA! (to name a few...) Students began by sketching their own ideas and then created their guitars out of cardboard.