Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pollock Drip Paintings

 I took a class at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA on Abstract Painting and learned great techniques and methods for constructing abstract paintings a la the masters.  For this Pollock inspired paintings, students mixed paint with a dab of water in zip lock bags and snipped the corner of the bag so that they could "drip" the paint onto the paper.  Students were able to control the line quality by squeezing the bag to produce thicker lines and moving the bag faster to create thinner lines.  Note on drip paintings: the goal is to use contrasting values and lots of layered lines to create a sense of depth.  As always, color and shape of lines evoke certain moods.  Try to get students to capitalize of these techniques to create an authentic painting.

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