I started class by showing the children a few of Pollock's paintings. I then showed them one of my favorite books: "Action Jackson," by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. I like how this book shows the everyday life of Jackson Pollock and the process he went through to make a painting. His type of painting is called "Action Painting" since the movement and activity used to create the piece is just as important as the finished piece.
We then moved on to our project. These Marble Paintings are simple and addicting! Have a few sheets of paper on hand for each child if this is the only project you are doing that day. We did our Handy Andy's as well that day, so I only had the students do one Marble Painting each, which took about 15 minutes.
- Cardboard tray (ours were from the grocery store and were roughly 9" x 12")
- Poster board cut to fit the bottom of the tray (I've used construction paper, but it gets wrinkly because of the paint).
- Marker to write name on tray
- Various colors of tempera paint
- Little disposable paint cups or bowls
- Plastic spoons