Paint Like Jackson Pollock

I really wanted to introduce the kids at my Art Explorers project to great American artists. First stop was Jackson Pollock with a project I found on instructables.com using spaghetti or yarn as paintbrushes – the kids were fascinated! We used yarn, dipping them in paint then dragging or flicking the paint on to the paper. A lot of the time the kids ended up using their hands but as long as you have a covered area and everyone is suitably dressed you should be fine (just warn your volunteers and maybe bring some spare t-shirts!) Depending on the kids it lasted around 40 minutes and they ended up with around 3 pieces each. The kids left knowing a great artist’s style and his name which was a great buzz!

What you need:
– Yarn/spaghetti/string
– Lots of paint
– Plates, tubs, etc for the paint
– Large pieces of paper to act as a canvas

2 thoughts on “Paint Like Jackson Pollock

  1. Pingback: Jackson Pollock Art Project | New York Cares Art Explorers

  2. I like the idea and the outcome, but Pollock dripped. He didn’t use yarn… etc. I want to teach my kids how he painted. But I do like the idea of “string” painting. I’ve done this before.

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