DIY Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock Inspired Art

Are you looking for something fun to do outside on yet-another-hot-sunny-day?  Grab the paint and make a couple of Jackson Pollock inspired spatter paintings.  Jackson Pollock was an Abstract Expressionist best know for throwing and dripping paint onto canvases either hung from the wall or laying on the floor.   This is a great outside project because the kids can just jump into the sprinkler to clean off when finished.  Here is what we did to create these fun works of art:

Materials Needed:

  1. Stretched canvas (or you can go all out and use a sheet)
  2. Acrylic craft paint
  3. Brushes
  4. Drop cloth
  5. Bowl of water
  6. Paper cups

What to do:

  1. Prepare your work space.  My rule of thumb (at least when it comes to my kids) is to determine how messy a project will be and then multiply that by 2).  Lay down your drop cloth and place your canvases down.  Have a bowl of water handy to clean up an paint that escapes.
  2. Squeeze a bit of paint into each paper cup.  Add a little water until you get a nice consistency.  If it is thick, the paint will be hard to spatter; too thin and it will look too runny on the canvas.  Play around with different consistencies for different effects.
  3. Dip a brush into one of the paints and ‘toss’ the brush toward the painting from about 2 feet away.  (don’t actually throw the brush!!)
  4. As my kids discovered, you can also just throw the whole cup of paint onto the canvas!

Pollock in Pink

Since our yard is actually on a slant, the paint kind of ran down hill, which created a really nice effect.  My son did a similar project in school last year (photo below), so you can see the difference between throwing paint onto a slanted canvas versus spatter paint onto a flat canvas.   Get creative and have some fun!  Be forewarned, you may end up with a totally technicolor lawn.  If it starts to rain, you can always go to packsonpollock.org to make a digital version of his works.  It is a really cool application!

Using Spatters Only

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