After introducing children to artist Jackson Pollock, they create their own Jackson-Pollock-style abstract painting.
- To learn some simple information about artist Jackson Pollock and how he painted pictures
- To become familiar with the terms "abstract painting" and "motion painting"
- To experience painting by moving
- To introduce the concept that different artists have different "styles"
Before You Start: Gather materials needed: BioColor® paint in many different colors, canvas panels, paint brushes, paint cups and smocks.
Let's Get Started! Step 1. Give the children a simple lesson about Jackson Pollock and how he painted. Explain the difference between abstract art and realistic art, and that there are many different ways to paint (see website under "Furthermore" for more information).
Step 2. Provide each child with a canvas panel. Have them choose a single solid color and paint the entire panel that color. (Or, use color canvas panels) Allow to dry overnight.
Step 3. Take the children outside and set up all painting materials in an area when they can get a little messy. Provide smocks, if possible.
Step 4. Have the children throw, splatter and drip paint on their canvases. Their goal should be to paint without touching the paintbrush to the canvas. Paint your own canvas as an example for the children – and to get in on the fun!
Furthermore: Visit jacksonpollock.org to experiment with making digital Jackson Pollock art. Remind children about the difference between abstract art and realistic art.
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