Students in art began learning about action painting this week. Action painting, sometimes called "gestural abstraction", is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied. For their first project, they looked at the work of artist Pat Steir, whose large drip paintings resemble waterfalls or rainstorms. We discussed how color can be mixed on paper and had lots of fun pouring primary colors--red, yellow, and blue--onto large sheets of paper. Students that have art two times a week did an extension activity using straws, rather than paintbrushes, to move small pools of paint around the page. Instead of worrying about splashes and spills, our young artists embraced chance playing a roll in their artwork. Their paintings turned out beautifully and we even discovered that we have some true action painters in our program. We hope you like the work. Check in next week for work influenced by the artist Jackson Pollock.
|This artist used a straw to move paint around the page to create this beautiful and delicate work.|
|One of our experimental action painters hard at work.|
|A bright and colorful drip painting inspired by the work of Pat Steir.|
|One of our artists adding blue to his action painting and watching to see what happens when it mixes with red.|
|One creative artist poured two primary colors, blue and yellow. at once to make green.|