George Meets Jackson

Third grade artists have been creating artwork inspired by two artists – George Rodrigue and “Action Jackson” Pollock.

First they drew dogs in the style of well-known Louisiana “Blue Dog” artist, George Rodrigue.

George Rodrigue Blue dog

Next they did some spatter paintings like abstract artist Jackson Pollock.  Getting messy and printing with paint drippy string is an all time favorite for third grade – it never gets old!

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We put everything together and painted a black swirly frame.  Ooh-la-la, beautiful art is made when George meets Jackson!

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I Can:

Identify the work of George Rodrigue and Jackson Pollock; Explain what abstract art is; Create art in the style of Rodrigue and Pollock

Throwin’ A Little Paint!

Well, not really throwing the paint.  Third graders have been exploring the action paintings of “Action Jackson” Pollock.  They re-created his splatter style of painting using yarn dipped in paint.

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This is one of the few projects that I repeat every year – the students are so excited to create this way, and I never get tired of seeing the results!  Here’s one we did a couple of years ago: Action Jackson Portraits

This year we had some fun with our string prints by weaving the paintings after they were dry, and adding a string printed heart.

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We discovered that it was easier to weave on the non-painted side of our work – easier to see our weaving pattern!

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Learning Goals:

I can tell two facts about artist Jackson Pollock; I can identify non-objective art; I can create a quality finished art work using printing and weaving techniques.

 

 

What’s New in the Art Room

We are busy starting new projects….and finishing up some pieces for display in our hallways.  First grade artists continued exploring pattern and got to do a little painting as they created these fun pattern fish.  They found out that a fish is pretty easy to draw, too!

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Third grade artists learned about two important American artists – “Action Jackson” Pollock and the creator of the Blue Dog series, Louisana artist George Rodrigue.  Their colored pencil dogs are framed with our version of a Jackson Pollock drip painting, created with string dipped in paint.  They really enjoyed the painting process; to quote one of my third graders: “This was the best project ever!”

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Painting in the style of Jackson Pollock’s “Autumn Rhythm”.

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Parents…this “Blue Dog” project can be found on our Artsonia on-line art gallery.  Students have also written artist statements about their work, so be sure to check them out!

 

 

Action Jackson

Third grade artists have been exploring the abstract work of “Action Jackson” Pollock.  Many of them loved his “drip paintings” and couldn’t wait to try his spatter technique!  Sadly, I think our poor custodian, Mr. Rob, would freak out if we started throwing buckets of paint around on the art room floor….so we settled for some string printing instead.  This was just as fun, and the results were very Action-Jackson-esque!

As they were working, several of my students talked about the “snowstorm” of color that they were creating.  Their comments provided the inspiration for our next step – framing the string prints with a snowflake border.  The hardest part of this step….remembering that we were using the outside, not the inside shape – a real test of our understanding of positive/negative space.

Last step – adding our teeny tiny selves and friends inside the snowstorm.