For our second art in the afternoon session, we filled A’s art bucket list and actually talked about Pollock (rather than just putting his information on the board in our kitchen and not doing the project). I have a bit more about Kandinsky, Pollock, and String Art if you’d like to read…
For this project we talked about the abstract art of Pollock and Kandinsky. I talked with the kids about how Pollock used to throw paint at a canvas (which they thought was pretty great), and how that’s an outside project. HA! We read the Noisy Paint Box, and looked at Kandinsky’s Composition X, and Pollock’s The Tea Cup. Then we did the Art Lab project: String Art.
Here are our lovely assistants helping us set-up:
I quickly realized this was a bad idea because there were strings swinging everywhere and I could just see them hitting their clothes and each other with paint (and the fence). So then I got the smart idea to put the paint in the box…
It took them a few minutes to get the idea of dipping and pulling the string across the paper, but once they caught on it worked great! We had thought about trying different types of string material, but it took a bit of work to set this up, so I thought it was better to keep it simple.
Here are their finished projects:
Now you could stop here. I let the pictures dry for a few minutes while we carried them in, and then I let them pick one paint brush to layer the painting, and add some different textures. And that’s it!
Heavy water color paper
Acrylic Paint (colors of your choosing)
Nylon (or other heavy duty) string
Large but shallow cardboard box
Movement: Expressionism, Modern Art
Notable Work: Composition X
Movement: Abstract Art
Notable Work: The Tea Cup