Sunday, February 1, 2015

Robots: Da Vinci Meets Pollock

Before third graders learned about Da Vinci, we created backgrounds for our artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock.  We read "Action Jackson," and got a feel for how Pollock lived and worked.  We learned that Pollock dripped and drizzled house paint all over huge canvases in his studio.  Next, we did our own abstract expressionist string paintings on colored paper.  If you want to see how we did that check out this post from last year!

Next, we read "Leonardo and the Flying Boy."  Through this story, we learned that Leonardo was not only famous for painting the Mona Lisa but he was also a great sculptor, musician, scientist and inventor!  We got to peek at a few of his sketches of inventions that were drawn way before their time!  We used his creative inspiration to invent robots of our own!

Learning Goals: I can...
- Tell about Jackson Pollock
- Create a string painting in the style of Pollock
- Tell about Da Vinci
- Create my own unique robot
- Paint smooth edges
- Use chalk to create highlights to make more robot look more 3D (form)


  1. I just came across your blog and I love all your ideas. What a great idea to connect DaVinci with robots through his role as an inventor. It looks like the kids really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Your blog is amazing! We have done the robot DaVinci /Pollock this week. My students loved it!
    Thank you for your great ideas!