Abstract Expressionists (Artists in Profile)
The Bibliophile and I looked through the book together and I let him tell me which paintings he liked. I originally thought we'd probably try something Jackson Pollock style (maybe next week), but he kept pointing to the Mark Rothko paintings. So, we set out to create a Mark Rothko painting, two year old style.
If you are not familiar with Rothko's work, here are a few examples:
I intended to buy some inexpensive canvases from the craft store, but I was too eager to start, so we ended up just using printer paper.
Before we painted, we talked about
- how Rothko covers the whole canvas with paint (I thought he might struggle with this)
- how he only uses two or three colors per painting
- how he uses rectangles
I gave him the choice of using bright primary Crayola paints or some Prang metallic paints we've had in our art cupboard and never used before. He chose the metallics, in gold and copper (I loved these. We even left a cup of paint out overnight and it didn't dry out at all).
I thought he did a great job with it, and seemed to enjoy it. It is very unusual for him to cover a page with paint. He kept going onto a second painting. On the second one, we talked about how to make long brush strokes by moving the brush from side to side, rather than the scribbling sort of style from the first painting.
Here is his finished work (next to the inspiration):
The next day, he opened the book up on his own, grabbed the paints, and pointed to a William deKooning painting, saying he wanted to paint that one. Here is what he made (next to the inspiration):
I'm linking this up with Adventures of Bear, Tot Tuesday, and Little Masterpieces.
Comment: What kind of a little artist do you have? Do they like to get messy? Are they timid, doing one swipe of paint and declaring their work complete, or do they throw on gobs of paint until you have to tear them away?
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