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Grades 2-6
Lesson: Action Jackson
2012

Overview:
In this lesson, students critically respond to the art and historical background of the life of Abstract Expressionist painter, Jackson Pollock. Through various resources and media, students learn about Jackson Pollock and reflect on his art- making processes. In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to embrace their feelings and expression while simultaneously creating an abstract expressionist style painting inspired by “Action Jackson.” Through this process, students express action and abstract expression through dripping, splattering, and pouring paint onto paper. To complete this project, students actively engage in a group critique regarding the process applied to complete their own paintings. [Discipline: “Action” Painting Artist: Jackson Pollack]

Objectives:
• Students critically respond to the art and historical background of the life of Jackson Pollock and of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Students watch a video of Pollock at work and reflect on his art- making processes. (Standard 3)
• Students actively engage in “action painting” by creating abstract drip paintings in the style of Jackson Pollock. (Standard 1,2)
• Students actively engage in a group critique regarding completed “action paintings.” (Standard 4)