Jackson Pollock  (1912 -1956) was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting and so called “action painting”. Instead of putting his canvas on a traditional easel, Pollock would lay them on the floor. He was also known for sometimes using kitchen utensils as paint applicators instead of just a traditional paint brush.  Here is an example of his work.

Jackson Pollock 1

With that said, he certainly liked to have fun with his art so we thought he would be the perfect inspiration for our Messy Craft Mondays.

For this craft you will need the following:

  • Paper or a blank canvas
  • a large table cloth (anything big enough to cover your floor that you don’t mind getting paint on)
  • watercolor paints
  • brushes
  • sticks and various kitchen utensils
  • bowls for the paint or an ice cube tray worked perfectly
  • art smock or have the kids where clothes you don’t care if they get dirty

It was really hot out today so we started off in the garage. First, lay the papers on the table cloth on the floor. Spread them out so everyone has room because paint is going to be flying everywhere. :)


Have the kids load up there brushes or utensils with paint.  Stand back and watch them have fun dripping and flinging the paint on to their paper.  Let them jump up and down and be silly with it.  The paint is washable so just let them enjoy themselves and you can worry about clean up later! :)


Here are the finished masterpieces.  I just love how each child did something a little different.



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2 Responses to Positively Pollock

  1. marian gil says:

    these painting are really nice and i really like what jackon pollock did which is painting.anyway i really liked it i even do it in school when its art but mine never get to be excactly like his but i dont care cuz i love hi paintings he is amazing and i really like it 😀 it has me and my friend interested more in him and that why im here searching his name to print out copies of his painting and show them to my art teacher cuz shes interested in all the artists especially JACKSON POLLOCK :) so this is what i gotta say o yea i love jackson pollock 😀

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