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Jackson Pollock – Action Paintings

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“I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.”

– Jackson Pollock   

We had the pleasure of hosting another “in-class art session” at Humbercrest Public School. We introduced the iconic American painter, Jackson Pollock.

Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming in 1912 and was the youngest of five sons.

During his lifetime he became a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement, a style of art that is characterized by an extremely energetic application of paint. He was most known for his unique style of drip painting. Pollock became famous for laying his canvas on the floor and dripping  paint over the surface.

Art for Pollock was about creating movement. Although his work appears easy to replicate nothing he did was an accident. He was known in the art world as ‘Action Jackson’ and became a major artist of his generation. He was regarded as reclusive and had a volatile personality. In 1945 he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and legacy.

We were inspired by his painting, Shimmering Substance for the project we completed with the students. First we used glue to create abstract lines across our watercolour paper. Next we poured salt over our paper to create texture over the glue. We coloured those lines with watercolour paint. The best part was sliding our boards into a cardboard box and splattering acrylic paint over the surface. We all had a lot of fun and the mess was contained inside our boxes! Take a look at a few of the finished pieces:

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