As I’ve mentioned before, I’m fairly art-illiterate. I wasn’t even aware of Jackson Pollock (sometimes called “Action Jackson” or “Jack the Dripper”) until a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a short video (about four minutes) of him in action:
So when I saw Mike Venezia’s children’s book about Pollock on Amazon, I ordered it. It was worth it for the following quote:
Jackson Pollock always seemed to have trouble drawing things, too. No matter how hard he tried to make his drawings look the way he wanted, he just couldn’t. It was almost like his hand and pencil refused to do what he wanted them to do.
Jackson often became angry and upset, but teachers kept working with him, because they knew how much he wanted to be an artist.
I’m always on the outlook for inspiring stories, and Pollock struck me as a great example of
If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something else.
Unfortunately the rest of his story isn’t so uplifting. He died in a one-car crash at the age of 44. He was drunk and driving recklessly — with two other people in the car.
Here’s a longer (about 56 minutes, if you choose to watch it) video of his life:
Quite frankly I thought the video was depressing. What about you?
On a cheerier note some teachers of young children are using variations of Pollock’s methods (some messier than others) to give the young ones the experience of creating art without knowing how to draw. That brings back warm memories of playing with finger paints and clay when I was little. What kind of arts and crafts, if any, did you do as a child? Do you think they’re an important part of education?