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.
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
- 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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