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Invitation to Drip Paint like Jackson Pollock

Engaging children with a combination of art, science, and action while learning about the artist Jackson Pollock is a dynamic way to teach and expose them to a style of painting where there are no mistakes. Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. "It doesn't matter how the paint is put on as long as something is said." Jackson Pollock is such an amazing artist to highlight how it’s the process not the product when creating art.

Today we invited the children to Paint like Jackson Pollock in 3 different ways.

Pendulum Drip Painting: We provided a swinging pendulum from Lakeshore Learning, condiment bottles filled with diluted Colorations Black & White Tempera Paint, and poster paper. We invited the children to squeeze paint into the pendulum, and paint like Pollock!

Strainer Drip Painting: We provided Dollar Store strainers, condiment bottles filled with diluted Colorations Black & White Tempera Paint, and poster paper. We invited the children to squeeze paint into the strainer and paint like Pollock!

Gravity Drip Painting: We provided beakers full of diluted Colorations Liquid WaterColors, pipettes, and butcher paper. We invited the children to draw colored water with their paper and paint like Pollock!

When children use various tools and engage in

different ways to paint they become more thoughtful and creative about the techniques they use as they experiment. They flick, splat, drip, swift, squirt, and move through so many different movements which enhances both their fine and gross motor skills. Through the process of experimenting and exploring these kinds of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) invitations the child is using creative and critical thinking skills. Scientists, mathematicians, engineers and artists all use the same critical thinking skills to find new and innovative solutions. Developing a skill like painting provides the stimulus children need to be successful in all aspects of life.


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