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Invite students to experiment with Action Painting like the famous artist Jackson Pollack.
Jackson Pollock is known for his revolutionary method of painting. Pollock's work from the 1940's are described as field paintings because they had no obvious subject. He immersed himself in his work by stretching his canvas on the floor and approaching it from all angles with drips, splashes, and strokes using sticks and other unusual instruments. This method is termed "Action Painting." Provide students with opportunities investigate Pollock's life and career, as well as to view Pollock's work and capture its feel.
Invite students to try working in the manner of Jackson Pollock. Place white papers in the bottom of a large open box. Put the box on the floor.
Pollock often chose subtle earth colors for his paintings. Provide students with Crayola® Washable Kid's Paint that has been mixed with a small amount of Crayola School Glue (to prevent cracking when dry) in recycled squeeze bottles. Mix a variety of browns, blacks, blues, and yellows in varying proportions, or choose your own colors. Add white for a lighter tint. Add a small amount of water so the paint flows smoothly.
Demonstrate using sweeping motions, spattering and dripping paint onto a canvas (paper) for students. Allow students to practice these motions and change colors as so desired. If a certain area seems to need more paint, students can drip and spatter there. Use handles of Crayola Paint Brushes or sticks to push and pull the paint, creating an overall abstract effect. If the painting begins to look muddy, stop. Strokes and drips should remain apparent.
Students carefully lift paintings out of the box, and place it on recycled newspaper. It may take some time to dry if the paint is thick.
Display paintings in the classroom. Provide time at the close of the activity for students to discuss how their movements created unusual, creative aspects to their paintings.
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