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Children and Art – Line Drip Painting – an art project to do with young children

Jackson Pollock - Number 8

An Art Project to do With Young Children

by S.A. Barone

This art project is a fun one, especially with the Kindergarten children. Actually I’ve done this art project several times with all ages and it’s always been a favorite.
This project can be done almost anywhere, well, maybe not in the living room. At home, I usually did this project either on the back patio when the weather was warm, or in the rainy season, in the garage.
This is a perfect art project for the kids to learn about that famous abstract artist, Jackson Pollock. Pollock flung paint at canvases with a stick; he poured and hurled paint to create rolling shapes of color and lines, which always seemed to rotate like a powerful current of rapidly moving water. According to several New York art critics, Pollock was one of the greatest modern Abstract Expressionists that ever lived. He is certainly one of my favorite artists.
What you will need for this project.


Large Heavy White Paper, or Butcher Paper. Newspaper, Paper Cups, Paint, Old Tin Pie Plates or heavy duty Paper Plates. Cornstarch (optional). Mixing sticks.
(I have used old canvases, pieces of board, like thin Masonite or heavy pieces of cardboard. Any of these surfaces will work well for this project. I have also used left over house paint, water based of course. Actually I like this kind of paint better than tempera paint. However if using Tempera paints you can add cornstarch to each color and mix it until it is thick and creamy. Also make sure you have a good variety of colors, kids love color.)


Spread newspaper on the floor or table before getting started. Make sure your work area is well covered.
Punch tiny holes in the bottom of the paper cups so the kids can drip the paint onto their surface. Let them drip, swirl, dribble, use slow and fast movements, and up and down movements. When they are done with a color they can put it on the pie or paper plate. Let the kids continue until they are satisfied with their paintings.


No matter what surface is used it’s a good idea to have it a reasonable size for framing. If the painting will be framed make sure it is dried thoroughly. Then paint a thin coat of acrylic gloss or matte medium over the painting. This will give it a finished look.
These paintings make great gifts for family members. Grandparents love getting gifts that are handmade from their grandchildren, especially art.

Have fun and keep creating!

S. A. Barone, Artist
Shirley is a published children’s writer. She has publishing credits in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Children’s Playmate, Humpty Dumpty, and Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Shirley has won a Distinguished Meritorious Service Award from the California School Boards Association for authoring an elective program that was adopted in schools in the Western United States and in areas of New York City. To learn more about Shirley and her art, visit www.sabarone.com

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