ART TO GO Activity 7

Music and Art 

Inspiration today comes from Jackson Pollock who was an Abstract Expressionist (this style of painting came about in NY in the 1940's) painter that developed action painting. He would lay the loose canvas on the floor of his studio pouring, dripping and flinging the paint onto the canvas. It is called action painting because he would use the movement of his whole body to create these paintings. While working he would often listen to jazz music.  

 Do you ever listen to your favorite music while creating?

  • Pick four different types of music to listen to before you begin the activity.  For example: classical, pop, jazz, and rock.
  • Gather up plenty of paper and crayons or markers. You can recycle paper that has not been used on one side.  
  • As you listen decide what three colors best express the feel of the music.
  • Then using only those three colors draw lines that represent the beat and vibe. Don't forget to dance along and have fun!
  • After you complete each piece make sure to write what piece of music inspired the work on the back.
  • When you are finished lay all your drawings out on the floor.
  • Play each piece of music for someone in your home and see if they can guess which drawing belongs to which piece of music.

Other Abstract Expressionist Painters to check out:
Mark Rothko
Helen Frankenthaler
Jasper Johns
Robert Rauschenberg

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:00am
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art