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Paint Like a Pollock

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Jackson Pollock's art appeals to young children. It's whimsical, fun, and accessible to them. Here is an art lesson which invites young artists to paint like Jackson Pollock. After viewing many of his works, they spread a large piece of...
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National Gallery of Art: Jackson Pollock

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students paint a picture in the style of Jackson Pollock. In this painting lesson, students learn about Jackson Pollock and the method that he used to create his famous pieces of art. Students use objects other than paintbrushes to...
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Splash & Splatter

For Teachers K - 12th
Students research the work of Jackson Pollock, a 20th century painter. They experiment with splatter-painting methods and discover the meaning of field or action painting, terms used to describe Pollock's abstract work. Students apply...
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Chance Art: Pollock, Cage and Cunningham

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers clearly identify commonalities and differences between dance and other disciplines with regard to fundamental concepts such as materials, elements, and ways of communicating meaning.
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The Life and Work of Jackson Pollock

For Teachers 5th - 8th
By discussing Jackson Pollock's painting techniques, students can engage in an exploration of what makes art, art.
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The New York School: Action and Abstraction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the influences and similarities between the New York School poets and Abstract Expressionist artists. They analyze paintings and poems, and write original poetry.
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Dripping Paint (Action Painting)

For Teachers K - 1st
Students observe the lines and shapes that make up an "action" painting. They explore the work of Jackson Pollock as they explore Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting. (This lesson is best done outside.)
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Revolutions in Painting

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students analyze Abstract Expressionist artists and their art. In this art analysis lesson, students view the works by Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler and analyze the pieces. Students complete image based discussion and four...
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Dripping Paint [Action Painting]

For Teachers K - 12th
Students create examples of American Abstract Expressionism after studying the art of Jackson Pollock in this Art lesson plan for all levels. It is suggested to work with small groups of students if this lesson plan is done with a...
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Action Painting on a SMARTboard

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students learn about Jackson Pollock, an artist famous for "action painting," and his works in order to become familiar with his artistic style. In this art lesson, students view Pollock's pieces, then watch a slideshow and video...
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Paint With Expression!

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students identify the moods expressed in the work of several famous artists. They express an emotion in a painting through the use of color, line, and texture. Students analyze and reflect on the emotions expressed in their work and the...
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20th Century American Art

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
See the changes, controversy, and innovations that define postwar American art. The onset of the modern art era in American history is well-defined in this slide-show. You'll see how Abstract Expressionism shifted into conceptual, pop,...
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Famous Artist of the Month

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Feature one famous artist a month with a series of portraits, biographies, and examples of their gallery. With masters such as Augustus Rodin, Francisco Goya, and Michelangelo, the resource provides opportunities every month for kids to...
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Fantasy Creature

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers, in groups, create three-dimensional sculptures from found objects. They paint their sculptures and write essays that reflect on the collaborative creative project.
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For Public Display

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students compare three works of art to understand how juxtaposition can express a point of view. They brainstorm topics of interest to them and their respective communities that could act as a springboard for curating individual exhibits...
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Learning About Artists

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students explore various artists and practice creating their style of painting. In this art history lesson, students discover various artists, such as Van Gogh and Michelangelo, and painting style each utilizes. Students paint a picture...
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Identify the Element of Line

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Students explore the element of "line." In this beginning art activity, students listen to the book Harold and the Purple Crayon, then describe the types of lines Harold drew. Students identify straight lines,  jagged lines, curvy lines,...
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Painting Without a Brush

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Pupils demonstrate how to finger paint. In this finger painting lesson, students use various painting tools and their fingers to create a unique art piece.
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Helen Frankenthaler Biography

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the abstract art of Helen Frankenthaler. In this art analysis lesson, students complete a criticism of the aesthetics of the art, analyze the color use in the art, and research the history of abstract art.
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Drawing Emotions

For Teachers K - 12th
Students examine how artists have expressed emotion thru use of line, color and shapes. They communicate a variety of emotions using line, shape and values to create form.
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Abstraction-Critique of Art

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students apply a four step critique process as they observe and make personal decisions about abstract artworks.
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Art

For Students 7th - 9th
In this artistic knowledge learning exercise, students examine and discuss the concept of art. Students take a quiz to see how much they know about art history, and discuss questions pertaining to the rights that museums have regarding...
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Arrange the Words

For Students 4th - 6th
In this adjectives worksheet, students categorize adjectives given into 3 categories and read passages that include adjectives. Students complete 5 activities.
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So You Want to Buy a Painting

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders research physical and chemical methods used in authenticating paintings (e.g., ultraviolet fluorescence and spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and reflectography, X-ray diffraction, microscopy, pigment analysis, and gas...