Paint Like Jackson Pollock!
In the second half of the twentieth century, Jackson Pollock and fellow modernist painters revolutionized our idea of what a painting could be. On giant canvases, Pollock experimented with “random” drops and splatters of paint and other materials.
In other words, he built a career on art and color expression that any kindergartener would know a thing or two about. Pollock’s work offers wonderful inspiration for young artists exploring the wild and exciting world of form and color. The following activity offers academic benefits as well: practice with painting builds hand-eye and visual coordination skills (fine motor skills) that kids need in order to tackle the complex job of writing.
What You Need:
- Flat cardboard tray, such as the box on the bottom of a 24-pack of soda or bottled water (you could even use an old baking sheet)
- Piece of white construction paper, at least 11x17”
- Three primary colors of tempera paint (diluted slightly with water so they’re not too thick)
- Masking tape