I had been waiting for a warm day so that the boys and I could do some Jackson Pollock inspired drip painting. This is a messy, but really pretty cool way to paint that is perfect for boys.
I started our activity by reading a little bit about Jackson Pollock and showing the boys images of his work. It was really interesting to hear what the boys saw within Pollock’s work. In one painting, Thing 1 said he saw tree branches. In another he saw what looked like concrete.
I set Thing 1 and Thing 3 in the grass with some watercolor paper (because it was what I had and it is thicker than regular paper), a bucket of paint brushes and paints (red, yellow, and blue). I explained to the boys he worked and set them loose.
Here is Thing 1’s first work. It took him a little bit to get into his work.
Here is Thing 1’s second work. While he was working he said that painting this way was like sword fighting. Of course, he would relate to sword fighting, because that is what we do.
Here is Thing 3’s attempt. He didn’t quiet get the whole concept, but he really enjoyed watching Thing 1 go crazy with the paints.
I have really enjoyed doing art projects with the boys over the last few weeks. I am also thankful for all the space we have to do such projects. Thing 1 really gets into the art, once he gets started.
How have you studied Jackson Pollock?