Art Awareness Blue Poles – Jackson Pollock Kindergarten Lesson 3 –Jackson Pollock 1912-1956

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Art Awareness
Blue Poles –
Jackson Pollock
Kindergarten Lesson 3 –Jackson Pollock 1912-1956
 Born in Wyoming in 1912
 He was the youngest of 5 sons and 3 of his brothers also
became artists because his mom always encouraged them to
work on their art
Early
Life
 Grew up on various farms in western United States
 Moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study art
 He did not have confidence in his drawing techniques early on
 The turning point in his career was when he went to a
workshop by a famous Mexican mural painter David Alfaro
Siqueiros and learned about using liquid paint
 Jackson then started using his imagination to create really
large and different paintings
 He developed his “drip”
technique using household paint
 He used hardened brushes,
sticks, knives and basting
syringes as paint applicators
Action
Painting
 The pouring and dripping of paint
became known as “action
painting”
 He painted on the canvas which
was placed on the floor or tacked
to a wall. This way he could walk
around it and work from all four
sides
 His style is also classified as
Abstract Expressionism but he
preferred to call it Action Painting
because he used so much energy
while he painted
 He is one of the greatest painter’s of the 20th century
 He is best known for his huge paintings that he made by splattering,
dripping and throwing paint onto his canvases
 Pollock wanted people to feel and see the energy he felt while painting
Legacy
The Key – this can be seen at
the Art Institute in Chicago

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