Monday, April 30, 2012

Comparing Compositions: Rockwell and Pollock

Can you think of two artists that are more different than Norman Rockwell and Jackson Pollock? My 2nd graders are enjoying the styles of both artists, and trying out a little of each. After an informative PowerPoint showcasing both artists, we did discover a few similarities: both were American men born about 100 years ago, both had studios that were originally old barns, and both worked in the New England region of the USA.
Students enjoyed the skilled portraits of Rockwell, and many students shared that they thought his paintings were like scenes from a movie. We attempted a "Triple Self-Portrait," as seen on the iconic magazine cover, with the artist calmly sitting at his easel and studying his own reflection.
Pollock's work was intriguing to the kids, and they were especially excited about the photos of him working in his studio, splashing and dripping across the canvas on the floor in an artistic rhythm. They also liked that they could use their imaginations when looking at his art.
The culminating artwork we are working on is still in the works, and I am really excited to share them soon... Until then, here are some shots of our research for Comparing Compositions!

Trying our hand at illustrating ourselves (in triplicate!)
Powerpoint on new projector ; )

Painting, Pollock style

This painting, The Connoiseur, is the inspiration for our final product. Can't wait to post these!

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