I love the arts, especially the creativity it evokes in young people. However, my own artistic ability, as it relates to visual arts, is very limited, and so I thought a fun way to integrate it into our school plan for the year would be through monthly Art Appreciation projects.
We had a blast exploring a number of messy painting methods, in our attempt to emulate Jackson Pollock’s famous abstract expressionist Drip Painting style.
To prepare I took out a variety of paint colours, some paint trays and necessary items required, which I have listed in each section. Then we put on some paint clothes and had fun getting messy!
Required Materials: paint, tray, paper, clothespins and pieces of string (approximately 5cm in length)
First up was String Art. Each child was given their materials and created a masterpiece by dragging the string, clamped in the clothespin, through paint and around the paper.
Required Materials: paint, tray, paper, marbles (we used 3)
Next up was Marble Art. Each child was given their materials and created a masterpiece by rolling the marbles through blobs of paint and around the paper.
Required Materials: paint, paper, an assortment of “splatter” instruments (those we used are pictured above)
Finally, we had some fun with Splatter Art. For this one, a nice day and some outdoor/easily washable space is highly recommended. Each child was given their materials and access to any of the instruments. Then they each created a unique masterpiece by using their instruments to splatter paint across their paper.
This was a fantastic art medium for those active kids, who aren’t always willing to sit still for a typical art lesson or craft.
We were also quite intrigued by the variety of outcomes, as no two masterpieces were alike!
All in all we had a great time appreciating Pollock’s art methods!
Have fun and let us know how you made out, if you decide to try it!