|"Kool Summer Fun #1" By the kids of Aimee @ Classified: Mom|
Abstract Expressionism is an art movement post World War II. Many great artists arose from that time, one being Jackson Pollock. What I personally love about Jackson Pollock and his "drip paintings" is that you can actually feel and see his movements within his large canvases. Pollock would to listen to music, particularity Jazz, when he created his master pieces.
Today, we will turn the music up-roll out a sheet of canvas and "dance around the canvas" as we create our own drip painting- with a twist!
Classified: Easy and as you will see in my post any age can do this. I taught this to my 3rd graders when I was an art teacher.
What you need:
- Canvas (muslin fabric is cheap and will work just as well)
- Canvas Stretchers
- Staple Gun (adults only)
- Acrylic Paint- various colors
- Paint brushes
- Tubs for paint
- Optional: Kool Aid (a variety of colors)
- A spray bottle
- Acrylic Sealer
What to do:
1. Spread your canvas (muslin) on the floor. I would suggest going outside- it is going to get messy!
2. Please note: for this lesson we used Kool Aid. You do not need to do this and may just use paint.
For a little preschool (and younger) twist, we took packets of Kool Aid (different colors) and sprinkled them onto the canvas. To our surprise, it looked as though nothing was there! My children were very amazed at what they saw when they began to spray the canvas with a water bottle (and then the garden hose)! Note: Do not do this on a windy day!
4. We then discussed what Abstract Expressionism was, and because they are very young (5 and under) I laughed immensely as they tried to pronounce it. I kept it short, just discussing what it was and how Jackson Pollock listened to music and danced with paint (action painting at it's finest!). We then turned the radio up and went to "work."
5. *** Note: For best results mix the acrylic paint with water in a separate container**** Demonstrate (like you will need to) how to "dance" around the canvas and paint. Get into the music and have fun! Allow them to enjoy the painting- there is no right way to paint this!
|My 1 year old had fun!|
Useful Links on American Expressionism:
Linking to these educational parties