Yesterday the kids had a museum program, led by the amazing Ms Anne, all about the abstract "action painting" artist, Jackson Pollock. Ms Anne read a book about Pollock's life, and showed prints of some of his paintings (which the kids had fun interpreting what they saw in them). They discussed how each painting made them feel.
They then got to practice the sorts of things Pollock did to create his "action paintings". Here the kids use wands (which they pretended were paint brushes) with streamers (which they pretended were paint) to create "paintings" in the air.
Next, they created 'drip paintings' on the floor by dropping and throwing various colored pieces of yarn.
Then they used a computer program featured on a website about Jackson Pollock to create a cooperative work of art -- each kid got a turn adding colored drips and splotches to their creation.
And finally, and of course best of all, they got to create their own action paintings. There were a whole rainbow of paint colors to choose from, and dozens of different sorts of "tools" to use for applying the paint. The kids really got into it. Eventually Zoo Boy abandoned the provided tools and used his hands instead.
5-7 year mission preview, realized
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