First Place Winners of Imagine That's Anti-Bully Teamwork Contest:

Addie Overend, grade 9, Garden City Schools

Joey Hoffer, Grade 4, Manor Oaks School

Sanna Taylor, Grade 2, Hampton Street School

Pop Art Food Pillows

Outstanding art by Paula Dagen's daughters.

"My twins absolutely loved it!" -- Paula Dagen, Parent

Carrie's Painting

"The students and I love you! Where else can you create a Pollock inspired design and drip color on a cake?" -- Denise Klein, teacher, East Hampton High School

"Stunned and Startled" by Jessica Toner, age 8, published in Express Yourself!

A big thank you to Maura Burns who helped fasciliate the family drip painting workshops this summer.

Family works together to create drip painting

"It was a fabulous day! --Tamara Nemo

Celebrate African American history with art.

Mural inspires creative teamwork.

Incorporating school slogan and students' ideas, sketch for Lawrence MS mural designed Joyce Raimondo

Lawrence students brain storm ideas for their poster/murals using collage elements.

Inspired by Pollock and Krasner, students drip paint, -- then rip, cut, and collage shapes to express emotion and energy.

have a conversation about art with Joyce Raimondo

What can children learn by dripping paint from sticks?

May 29, 2013

Tags: Pollock, abstract art, arts in education, painting, abstract expressionism, drip painting

Last week I had the honor of working with fifth graders at St. James Elementary School for a week-long program of drip painting inspired by Pollock. Beginning with discussions about how artists such as Picasso, Munch, and Pollock express feelings, children shared their ideas about what they see in art. I am always amazed by the children's insightful interpretations. Looking at Picasso's WEEPING WOMAN, one girl speculated, "Maybe he is showing us that her beauty is really on the inside and not about what her face looks like on the outside. My mother taught me that inner beauty is what really counts." Another child added, "He painted a sad person because he wanted to show her true feelings, and no one is happy all the time." The highlight of the art show discussion was Jackson Pollock's drip painting. I prompted a discussion with such questions as, "How can you express a feeling without painting a face? What feeling might this painting show?" Children intuitively understand how colors represents emotion and the action of Pollock spattering paint from sticks shows energy and feeling too. Next, children tried their hand at the drip painting technique as they let paint flow from popsicle sticks onto professional canvases. During our reflection, children used their interpretive skills to analyze their own artworks and what their masterpieces express. The only complaint was, "This workshop was so awesome, I wish it would never end."

Special thanks to Mr. Sullivan, the art teacher, who provided the canvases and paint and opened his art room to dripping, spattering, and pouring paint. Gratitude is given to PTA rep, Christine Engel, and all of the volunteers who so generously gave of their time to make the program a success.