Action Jackson describes the painting of Pollock’s Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist) in a lyrical style. “He swoops and leaps like a dancer, paint trailing from a brush that doesn’t touch the canvas.” Some of the text is drawn from Pollock’s own comments. The illustrations are watercolors. You can get a feel of the book at Amazon using their Look Inside feature. Photos of Pollock at work and of the finished painting are located at the back of the book.

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Go along Art Project:

After reading the book, watch this video to see how a Jackson Pollock is made. Then get some large paper onto the ground and get dripping and splashing with the paint. Perhaps choose a place outside, well away from the house for this project. We still have paint on the exterior walls of our house from when we did an action Jackson art experience splashing paint onto large paper when Bear was 3. I didn’t choose a location far away from the walls! Imitating Jackson’s style of art is an immensely satisfying experience for every kid.

If you are starting this series in the middle, be sure to check out the landing page to see the beginning of the art history timeline.