1st-5th graders took a break from their current projects today to have a fun day with paint! We discussed the art of Jackson Pollock, who was an American painter and played a large part in the abstract expressionist movement. They looked at Pollock’s art and had the opportunity to create their own Pollock “splatter art”. As you can tell, we had a ton of fun getting messy with the paint!
First graders are studying art from ancient Egypt. After discussing how the Egyptians used Hieroglyphics as their written language, we made our own papyrus writing scrolls by using coffee grounds to stain white paper. We enjoyed making the room smell like a fresh pot of coffee, yumm!! Here is a sneak peek of the project they are working on right now!
Recently, First Grade got a chance to name their splatter paintings from their Jackson Pollock activity. They named their work and shared with the class why they picked what they did. Most of the names revolved around the color choices and how they made a person feel. I was really happy to see them talking about what they imagined when they looked at the paintings. It’s good practice for deciphering more complex works later on. Afterwards, they started a group project for the different types of art. Each group was given a collection of terms and was asked to create a poster to help them teach the class about their topics. We had Impressionism, Pointillism, De Stijl, Cubism, Cityscape, Landscape, Seascape, Portrait, Self-Portrait, and Still Life. So far, we’ve seen two groups’ presentations and they did wonderfully! I look forward to seeing the next two tomorrow.