Jackson Pollock

"It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said"

John Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming in 1912. He was the youngest of 5 brothers and grew up to be one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. While Jackson was growing up his family moved all over the western states from one ranch or farm to another. Jackson's mother was a driving force in his pursuit to becoming an artist she encouraged all her boys to engage in art as much as possible; since they were young boys. Jackson decided to become a serious artist after his brother left to go to New York and study art as well. He admired his brother very much. While in New York Jackson worked in Thomas Hart Benton's art study; he was known for his huge murals and he tried to mimic Thomas' murals but he couldn't get the same expression and finished look.

Jackson's medium of art came from not being able to draw. He wanted to be an artist so bad but it was like his hands refused to do what his mind wanted them to do. He joined a Mexican artist's workshop and learned about mixing different ways of painting. This is where he first started to see the beauty in splatter paintings which didn't require him to technically draw.

Pollock used any and everything he could to create his paintings, often using random household items. Things such as old paint brushes, string, marbles, kitchen silverware etc.

Jackson got married to his girlfriend in 1945 (Lee Krasner) she was an artist too so in their home she turned a bedroom into a studio and Jackson used the barn to create his paintings. He usually tacked a huge canvas onto the floor and walk around it while he painted, he felt like it made him feel a part of his work.

In 1956 Jackson was driving drunk and died in a car accident. Although he was a very successful artist he was also very unhappy. Yes people loved his work and talked about him a lot, but no one really bought his paintings until years later.

Jackson Pollock's art style is very convenient for young children. Creating a lesson around this artist for early childhood students could include a scatter painting lesson, painting with random objects as Jackson did such as string, marbles, toy cars, etc. This could also be a lesson on aesthetic development; creating a piece of art using the technique Jackson did and then being happy with the results; being able to explain their reasoning and what they did to create their piece of art.

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