It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess.
Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take,
and the painting comes out well. - Jackson Pollock
More than that, however, is the fact that art class was I place where I, myself, was inspired while I was in High school. My art teacher, Shaune Marchtaler, created a space where I was free to create and explore, a safe place where I was slowly able to build up confidence in myself. My hope is that I am able to create that same space for my students.
This year we’ve been working through a curriculum called “Meet the Masters.” We’re learning about different famous artists and then trying to explore their styles of painting. Some of the artists we've done so far include Picasso, Seurat, Lichtenstein, and Cezanne. This past week I pulled out all the stops for my youngest students when we learned about Jackson Pollock. Nothing gets kids hyped up more than the promise of whipping paint at a canvas! We went outside to avoid my spending the afternoon scrubbing paint off the walls. Aside from a few ant bites and narrowly escaping a rain storm, we had a blast!
Now I can’t wait for our lesson on Michelangelo where I tape paper to the underside of a table and have them lie on their backs to draw…