Jackson Pollock Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about Jackson Pollock's life, art style, and body of work with this lesson plan. Students will closely read a lesson about the artist, then put concepts to action with an original art activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe Jackson Pollock's style of painting
  • create a painting using Pollock's methods
  • explain the painting techniques Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism
  • discuss Pollock's life


  • 1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Jackson Pollock: Art Style, Paintings & Death, one for each student
  • Paint
  • Canvases or paper
  • Brushes or other painting implements such as cooked pasta, marbles, etc. for students to use when applying Pollock's drip painting methods
  • Images of work by Jackson Pollock

Key Vocabulary

  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Gestural abstraction
  • Drip painting

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

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