Paint like Jackson Pollock

We're finishing up our unit on Jackson Pollock and so I planned a fun activity for our afternoon; splatter painting on the lawn!

As much as they all wanted to dive right into our Pollock painting activity, I made them sit and listen to the story we checked out of the library called Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Jackson Pollock and we watched a few quick videos about Jackson Pollock on YouTube to get a feel for his artwork and how he created it using his whole body and lots of tools.

 I set out three large pieces of paper in the yard and with many squirt bottles, brushes and cups of watered down paint; sticks, leaves, combs, toothbrushes, etc. & they finally set to work.

I had them put on bathing suits before we started and they jumped into the lake to wash off when we were done.

They had a ball!

And the masterpieces are quite neat.

 They all thought it was very freeing not to have to worry about drawing and painting precisely.  Ian, who's usually the first one done with art was the last one to finish up today.

Ian's finished piece
Evan's painting

Alec's finished painting


  1. I love this, we did this last year but used a king sized bed sheet and Leo loved it! We will be doing it again this year too! #fabfridaypost

  2. Wow!! This is awesome! What a great outdoor activity! Now... I wish I have thought of that over half-term. lol! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

  3. Hah!! I finally found you! I had seen so many comments on my blog from you but had been unable to reach out because there was no link to your name and also your "Mother of 3" is not the name of your blog. Anyway I am glad to be here.

    Jackson Pollock is so much fun to emulate and I bet it must be a stress reliever too, to throw all that paint around.

  4. I did something like this when I was teaching second grade. The kids loved it and they came up with the greatest works of art! Thanks so much for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home. --Jennifer

    1. My boys had a ball with it! Who doesn't enjoy flinging paint around every now and then?


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