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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pollock-Inspired Salad Spinner Art

A couple of weeks ago Pumpkin started taking seasonal arts and crafts classes.  Now, she wants to do art all the time. We are running out of tempera paint!
  I felt like doing something abstract with her and thought about Jackson Pollock.  He was a "human spinner" holding buckets of paint in his hands and spinning around on the canvas creating his works of art that way(you can give it a shot on a summer day on your back yard). Yesterday we did some less messy Pollock-inspired art using a salad spinner. It's fast and a lot of fun.
All you need is:
  • a salad spinner
  • non-toxic, washable tempera paint
  • paper circles, cut to fit the bottom of your salad spinner( or paper plates if they fit)
What you do:
Open your spinner and put the paper on the bottom. Splatter/pour/drip any kinds of paint of any color in any pattern or non pattern at all(how cool is that!).  Then, put the top back on and spin it!  Open it up - ta-da!  Your art is ready.  All it needs now is some time to dry.
And do you know the best thing about it?  It never gets old because it comes out in a different way every time!
Here are some things that came out of our salad spinner.  We did a couple of them using "fall" colors. 




 
Here are some Jackson Pollock links you might find interesting:
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/pollock_jackson.html
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/468051/Jackson-Pollock
 http://www.manetas.com/pollock/ (Pollock interactive: create your own Pollock with a couple of mouse clicks)  
http://www.jacksonpollock.com/email.shtml  (very interesting about if there is a  structure in his art)

 

I hope all of you will have a lot of fun with it.  Unleash your inner Pollocks!

6 comments:

Ana said...

Hi, I stopped by and fell in love with your blog, I'll be back for more :)

Georgine said...

Love this idea! I used to have a paint spinner when I was young, and haven't found one for B. We'll try this, Thanks!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I heard this once before and have been meaning to actually try it. Thanks for the demonstration, looks like a lot of fun!

Eva said...

Neat! I've always wanted to try this unfortunately I do not have a salad spinner

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

I need a salad spinner! I keep looking for one at the thrift stores but haven't come across one yet. I hate to pay $$ for one that I am only going to make art with, ya know?

Great ideas!

blueviolet said...

I like it! I actually bought a whole toy for this purpose once. What a fool I was!

I found ya at PBD!