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Krueger students create mind over splatter

This is the second year that seventh-grade students at Krueger Middle School have attempted the Mind Over Splatter project. The main purpose of this project is to give students an opportunity to apply the complex concepts of symbolism, and construct multi-layered analogies to a product that will bring them artistic pride and acclaim.

The project begins with an in-depth study of artist Jackson Pollock’s life, artistic technique and place/value within the artistic world. The next area of study is an intensive examination of colors and their variations. They focus upon the different meanings that each color carries with it. From this point, the student artists begin to prepare a blueprint for their group’s painting. Each group is composed of three to four students. Each painting is planned with a theme in mind. Each color used is picked for its symbolic value and connotations. Each group must also decide how each layer will be applied.

They will use a variety of applicators (paint stirrer, carpenter pencil, #2 pencil, traditional brushes for splatters, and specialized brushes by Liquitex that are made to replicate Mr. Pollock’s style) that all produce a varied effect upon the application of the paint to the canvas. Each one of these applicator choices is tied to the symbolic meaning that each color is intended to convey. Each group is to produce one 24” x 48” painting that will be entered into at least two art shows. The first art show is currently being planned.

Each painting will be accompanied by a symbolic analysis page. In addition to the large painting, each member of each group will take a home an 11” x 14” sister painting (a painting that is laid side-by-side next to the original 24” x 48” canvas when it is painted).

Posted on November 9, 2012