Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter who was the driving force behind the Abstract Expressionist movement. He perfected a technique known as “drip painting”, creating masterpieces that were both beautiful and chaotic at the same time. Here’s a small sampling of his work…
Recently, we found a fun and easy way to create our very own Pollock paintings.
While I don’t expect M to remember the name Jackson Pollock or understand the idea of abstract expressionist art, I don’t think those are reasons enough not to expose her to the idea of different ways to create art. My hope is that in doing this I can cultivate a love of creativity, sparking her curiosity and encouraging her to explore things further.
To do this project, you will need:
- Covered box of some sort (we used a cardboard box that was easily discarded afterwards)
- Washable paint in a variety of colors
- Black paper (slightly thicker would probably work best)
- Smock (optional, but strongly recommended!)
To start, cut your black paper to fit the bottom of your box.
Then we dropped a bunch paint splatters in a variety of colors on the paper.
Drop in the marble and put the cover on the box. *This could probably be done just as well without a cover, however it would make for a much messier project!
Have your child pick up the box and shake, shake, shake! I thought I had an action shot of M making her masterpiece but it’s M.I.A. for now 🙂
We peaked in a few times to see how our painting was coming out. Each time, M felt it needed more. She had so much fun with this technique, especially hearing the marble bouncing around. Even though I don’t usually worry about what the final piece looks like, I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it came out!