Tea Time with Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock was born in Wyoming on January 28, 1912. He was a famous American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement; he married another major figure in the movement, Lee Krasner.

When people think of Jackson Pollock, they remember his famous drip paintings. He would paint canvases laid out on the floor by dropping or pouring paint on them. Pollock didn’t just use nontraditional methods of painting, he also adopted unique paint applicators (hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes like you use for a Thanksgiving turkey!) and experimental paints.

Library List

Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg
“Nicknamed ‘Action Jackson’ for his kinetic style, abstract artist Jackson Pollock takes the spotlight in this outstanding picture book biography.”

Jackson Pollock (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia
A great series to introduce children to famous artists.

Activity Ideas

Splatter Canvas Paintings

Drip Painting

Watercolor Magic Action Painting

Pouring, Splattering, Dripping, Squirting, Scraping, Dragging!

String Painting and Marble Painting and Pendulum Painting

You could also paint with eye droppers or squeeze bottles. Get messy and have fun!

Tea Time Treat

Bake some square sugar cookies and frost them with this Jackson Pollock-ish technique! Use different colors for a full effect.

Notebook Page

Add this Jackson Pollock Notebook Page to your artist study notebook!