Fifth Grade Jackson Pollock

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5th grade jackson pollock IMG_1629I know the students say that I claim every project is my favorite but this one is so much fun 🙂  To see the students have so much fun with dropping paint is amazing!  Ok a few tips…do it when the weather is nice and do it outside!  Most of all have fun with the mess and make sure you have enough parent help to contain the enthusiasm.

Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956), the pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, challenged the artistic tradition of using an easel and brush by pouring and dripping paint onto canvases. His groundbreaking works had a childlike quality which belied their stunning complexity and sophistication. Driven by inner torment which compelled him to paint, Pollock attached large canvases to the floor, densely pouring, dripping and flinging paint embedded with sand or glass onto them with intense physical movement. Influenced by Picasso, Miró, and the Surrealists, Pollock also revolutionized a style of painting in which the work has no identifiable parts or point of emphasis, and is painted Continue Reading »

5th grade Modigliani Elongated Self-Portrait

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Modigliani oil pastel self portrait

Adapted this from Deep Space Sparkle-So much fun with the students 🙂

Skills Learned:  Sketching and drawing an elongated portrait.

Materials Needed:

  • 12 x 18 black construction paper
  • oil pastel set of 16 colors
  • pencils and erasers
  • rulers

1. I started with black paper that was 12″ x 18″. Give the students a ruler and pencil to draw a line down the middle both ways, and then two more horizontally to make 8 equal sections. The students can start by drawing an oval that centers on the middle line and fills the top half of the paper. Continue Reading »