Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hoff Barthelson: Summer Arts Program


Students dripped, flicked, and flung paint onto their canvases. They stood, kneeled, and squatted as they worked. Brightly colored canvases began to evolve as layers of paint were added. I read aloud Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan to inform the students about who Jackson Pollack is and why his style of painting is so important. According to the book Jackson Pollack worked standing up and dripped paint onto his canvas using old paint brushes, sticks, or whatever he could find. He felt that this style of painting allowed him to "be in the painting..." (Greenberg, Jordan, 2002, p. 16) My students were "in the painting" for sure...

Action Jackson
Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker