Jackson Pollock Paintings 3rd Grade Lesson Plan

LESSON TITLE: Jackson Pollock Paintings
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer Schupak
GRADE LEVEL: 3rd
CLASS TIME:             _40_Minutes            _1_Days/week      _2_# Session(s)

Objectives: Students will learn about Jackson Pollock and his abstract paintings and will give their opinions of his work. Students will learn to work with water color for a splatter paint project. Students will see how music genres can effect they way they work.

ODE FAACS Standard(s):

{K-4, Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts, Benchmark B: Grade 3} Identify and compare similar themes, subject matter and images in artworks from historical and contemporary eras.

{K-4, Creative Expression and Communication, Benchmark C: Grade 3} 3. Recognize and identify a purpose or intent for creating an original work of art.

7. Use feedback and self-assessment to improve the quality of artworks

{K-4, Analyzing and Responding, Benchmark B: Grade 3} 3. Discuss different responses to, and interpretations of, the same artwork.

Materials: Jackson Pollock Prints, water colors, paper, Music

Resources: Prints, http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/pollock/

Jackson Pollock Mini Bio web site

Vocabulary: expressionism – an art movement of the early 20th century in which traditional adherence to realism and proportion was replaced by the artist’s emotional connection to the subject. These paintings are often abstract, the subject matter distorted in color and form to emphasize and express the intense emotion of the artist.

abstract expressionism art– Movement in American painting that began in the 1940’s and became a dominant trend in the 1950’s. It combines Action Painting, which emphasizes spontaneous paint application, and Color Field Painting, which emphasizes large unbroken fields of color. Prominent Abstract Expressionist artists of the era include American artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and Dutch artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997).

Action painting– A manner of painting in which, without a preliminary sketch, the paint is brushed, dripped or slung on to the canvas, which is sometimes lying on the floor. The pictorial structure is the result of an intuitively guided painting process, and of the different kinds of ‘behavior’ of the paint, such as random drips.; A style of painting, most notably practiced by Jackson Pollock, in which paint is dribbled and splashed onto the support with broad gesture movements.
Room Arrangement: : Students will be seated 4 at a table, 6 tables in the room. When they first sit down and the teacher must give all of the instructions and then materials can be passed out. After instruction teacher passes out paper, and students will be responsible for pencils and erasers which are located in ‘art boxes’ on the side of the room, each table will have a selected ‘Table Captain’ to get the boxes and will also be responsible for putting them away at the end of class. Students are to show teacher the box of pencils with 4 pencils and 4 erasers in the box by the end of class.

Procedures:  Students will learn how to create their own Jackson Pollock paintings using water color and brushes to splatter paint while listening to various genres of music.

Day 1: Teacher: Boys and girls, today we have something new and exciting to learn about. I am going to teacher you about a new kind of art called abstract expressionism art.

Can any one guess what abstract might mean?

Student: Is it something that doesn’t look real?

T: That’s close, can anyone else guess?

S: Is it a picture that looks like something if you use your imagination?

T: Yes that’s a good answer, abstract is a form of art that is not like other art such as paintings of people, or sculptures of angles or famous men. Instead it is a form of art that might look like something, or has an indirect meaning. So maybe if you look at an abstract painting it might make your have some kind of emotion or feelings.

There was an artist named Jackson Pollock who made paintings that was abstract. He was an abstract expressionist artist. Can anyone guess what expressionist might mean? I’ll give you a hint, it has the word expression in it.

S: Like when you want to tell someone something?

T: Very good! He wanted anyone who saw his paintings to feel what he was feeling at the time. Now Jackson Pollock wasn’t a very nice man. He had a lot of anger and frustration that he took out on his paintings. Sometimes he would just throw whole buckets of paint at the canvas. And today we are going to be making our own Jackson Pollock paintings.

S: Yay!

T: Now before you get too excited we won’t e using whole buckets of paint, we will be using water colors. An we won’t be flicking or throwing the paint. But we will be listening to different kinds of music and you will paint, brush, dab, and place the paint on any part of the paper and move the way the music moves you. As if you were a conductor but instead of a wand you will have a paint brush on the paper.

I will put on some music and when the music turns on you can put your paint brush on the paper. When the music stops put your paint brush up in the air.

First we need our painting smocks, when I call your table come up and you will put them on backwards and have your partner button on button behind you.

Once everyone at your table has a smock on your table captain can come up and get a water bucket and water colors. I will come around with brushes, and I need a volunteer to pass out paper.

Teacher passes out brushes and tells students to hold brushes in the air and when music begins they can begin painting. Teacher should play up to 5 songs ranging in fast paced Spanish music, to slow classical. After the third song teacher should have students spin the paper upside down because children tend to use only arm round movements and tend to stay on the lower part of the paper.

Assessment: Students will be accessed based on their efforts and understanding of the project. If student uses whole paper, and a lot of colors and did not make the paper look messy and took the project seriously.

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