1. Abstract Expressionism combined ideas and innovations from Europeans and Americans.
A. The Surrealists were fascinated by the effects of accident. Some of
these artists developed a game that utilized "chance" for creative
B. Artists like Jackson Pollock were much admired for their confident
approach to making art and their willingness to take chances. When Jackson
Pollock painted Cathedral, he spread out the canvas on the ground
and moved all around the painting. As he moved, he dripped his colors
in response to an inner feeling of creative release.
2. VISUALLY COMPARE AND VISUALLY CONTRAST. Divide your class into two groups. Have one group list as many points of similarity as possible between David Smith's Cubi XVII and Franz Kline's Slate Cross. Have the second group list as many dissimilarities as they can find. Have a representative from each group present their findings.
3. Draw a face that might match Tom Wesselmann's Mouth # 11. Click here for a printable outline of the mouth.
Using crayons, markers, or colored pencils, make your own image of Frank Stella's Factory Sketch # 1. Cut the different colored sections apart and then arrange them to form a new work of art with a "shaped-canvas." You may want to glue your arrangement to a rigid piece of cardboard to make it more permanent. Or you may want to attempt putting the sections back together in order to reform a rectangle.
As you rework Stella's painting, see if he has used a module. If so, use that basic unit to enlarge, elaborate, or envelope his work.
5. Here is a list of popular American songs with the years they were
Instead of using music from the period, make a selection of your own choice. Play the music while the class looks at the images and decide which selections go together best.