Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Jackson Pollock Resources

We would like to make your life easier and list some helpful resources on Jackson Pollock to make your learning fun.

Here are couple videos:

Art with Mati and Dada is really fun.
You can see some of his paintings by clicking here.

Here are some books we used for our study of his life and art:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Marble Art - Jackson Pollack Study

Get ready for some marble fun! This was a part of our Jackson Pollack's study. Not only were we using an unusual object to create art with, but also the final product resembled the artist's work

You will need:
deep tray
card stock paper

Ask the kids what colors they would like to use and place small dabs of paint on their paper. You don't want to use bigger amount only because it will be difficult for the marble to roll and it will be getting stuck everytime it will pass through the paint.

We used 3 marbles for each child. Have them pick up the tray and roll the marbles all over the paper back and forth and side to side. They had so much fun doing this they wanted to do more...

And here are our little Jackson Pollacks ;-)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Spoon Art - Painting the Pollack's Way

This was an easy one! We all know that Jackson Pollack used anything he could find around the kitchen to paint with. What did the kids find this time? Plastic spoons...

You will need:
card stock paper
plastic spoons
paint diluted with water

Place the paper onto a tray and give your kids some paint diluted with water to run a bit easier.
Now just let them have fun swirling, twirling, and splashing the paint using their plastic spoons. Painting Pollack's style is always such a hit!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Action Jackson

The first artist in our study this year is Jackson Pollack. And what else would we start our lessons with but the action painting that Jackson Pollack is so famous for. 

You will need:
big paper
(we used two strips of paper that came with our easel. Next time I would go for sturdier paper or even giant canvas if that would be in your budget)
any kitchen utensils that you think would be fun to use 
(we diluted regular washable paint with water but the artist used regular wall paint, so if you have some left over feel free to use that)
paint brushes

Be creative!

 Wish for good weather, because this is definitely an outside activity! Spread the paper on the ground and secure it with heavy objects on the edges. Let the kids have fun! They can pour, splash, sprinkle... but no actual painting allowed ;-)

 Be prepared for a whole lot of mess but even more fun!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Famous Artists Study

We were looking into doing something different this year for our art class. We used to just do random art projects that the kids would pull out of our "Art Jar". That was fun and you can see our posts here.

This time, since the big kids entered 1st Grade, we decided to take it a step further and base our projects on famous artists. Some of you already know the lovely Erica over at the Confessions of a Homeschooler. Isn't she so unbelievably talented? 
Well, she put together a lesson plan called The World's Greatest Artists Volume 1 (yes, she also has volume 2) and that is what we purchased to guide us this year in our study. Besides using her puzzles, flashcards, and lap book printables, we also came up with our own art projects that one way or another went along with the featured artist's work. You can follow our journey post by post as it will unfold during the year.  We will include books, tips, and videos that you could use as an addition to the wonderful lesson unit Erica put together. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!