Pollock Paintings

One of Namuth's many photos of Jackson Pollock...We have looked at Jackson Pollock’s art over the past few weeks and I thought we would have loads of fun with Pollock-inspired “action painting” of our own, but it did not happen.

Well, not on the floor, or on paper, or on a canvas.  Not with actual paint.

Not every art appreciation lesson ends with an art activity.

We viewed “action art” such as the dart-throwing at paint-filled balloons scene in the Princess Dairies DVD

and were stunned and amazed at Amy Shackelton’s Extraordinary Brush-less Paintings  at mymodernmet.co. Be sure to make time to view her video!

Finally, for fun, my kiddies entered jacksonpollock.org paint world and played mess-less-splashy-drippy-multi-layered digital art.




Here they suddenly realized that it is not

simple or easy

to splash paint until it looks like an art work.

There are aspects like





and movement.

And they each found that their Pollock art felt “right” at a certain point.

Yes, it is deceptively simple,

but still


How have you enjoyed Jackson Pollock’s art?  Please feel free to share your post links or suggestions here in the comments.


Picasso’s Portraits

This year we started our study of Famous Artists



one of the world’s most famous artists – everPablo Picasso 1962

May I tell you how my kid felt about his art?

Well – my kids went, “Blech!”

They HATED his style.

It completely offended them.

“It is ugly.”

“It is stupid.”

“It doesn’t even look like art!”

“Some pictures are rude.”

Art is so subjective, so emotional, so personal.

We talked about his works as we browsed through the library books.

To let my kids know that I heard them, I simply repeated what they said –

“You don’t think this picture is pretty” or

“Those squirmy shapes instead of real body shapes look gross to you”

… not mocking them …  just telling them what I hear them say.

We keep the discussion neutral this way.

They are entitled to their own opinions, and Picasso wanted an emotional response!

As I explained what Picasso was doing in his art,

they started to see the positives!Dora Maar au Chat, 1941




We did a quick cubist type collage with portraits.

Simple Picasso portrait lesson

  1. tear out faces from magazines – profiles and full front  (Picasso often combined these in his portraits)
  2. cut out parts of faces
  3. paste hair and skin on the page
  4. add features such as nose, eyes, lips, chin, eyebrows
  5. finish the picture with design, patterns, coloured pieces of paper

Were my kids happy with their portraits?


Did they understand what Picasso did?


Did they have a personal encounter with his art?


Successful art appreciation lesson.

How have your kids responded to Picasso’s portraits?  Share with us in the comments.