Jackson Pollock Art History Workbook-Biography & Art Activity Unit Middle School

Jackson Pollock Art History Workbook-Biography & Art Activity Unit Middle School

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This art history workbook teaches students about the artist Jackson Pollock using the Discipline-Based Art Education model. Students learn about Jackson Pollock and Abstract Expressionism through reading and watching a biography of the artist, completing multiple art analyses and coloring sheets, planning their artwork, and creating an action painting based on a planning sheet. Finally, students reflect on their work using a final project reflection sheet.

The final project has students create an action painting in the style of Jackson Pollock. Step-by-step instructions are provided.

Worksheets can be used as sub lessons, as enrichment to your art lessons, or as min-lessons on their own. An essential for any art classroom.

What's inside: (See Preview Video)

  • Artist biography information sheet with examples
  • Instruction sheet
  • More resources sheet with links to videos
  • (2) Coloring Sheets
  • Vocabulary list and Compare and Contrast works by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock
  • Compare and Contrast 3 works by Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock
  • Analysis of Pollocks, 1A, 1948
  • Fun Facts about "Mural" painted for Peggy Guggenheim
  • Mark making activity sheet
  • Final Project Planning Sheet with Color wheel examples
  • Teacher Example
  • Project Reflection Sheet


  • All Analysis sheets include Keys with student answer examples.

Ways to use in the classroom:

  1. As an introduction to a famous artist and their work.
  2. Worksheets culminate with student creating their own work in the style of artist.
  3. To support other skills such as: Communication through Art
  4. Learn about Abstract Expressionist Movement
  5. As early finisher work or as a quick art substitute lesson.

Note: There are options on how to give students color references other than to print these sheets in color. You can project the example using a document camera or have students look up artwork on a chrome book or smartphone, for example.

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Copyright Fair Use Rationale:

Artist original artwork being used only for demonstration/supplemental information.

Artist artwork featured are:

Historically significant artworks

Readily available on the internet

A low-resolution copy of the original artwork and are unsuitable for commercial reproduction.

This workbook was produced in collaboration with MaryJo Rosania-Harvie. Coloring sheets were created by Maryjo Rosania-Harvie for A Space to Create Art, LLC. for exclusive use in this resource.

©2021 A Space to Create, Published November 11, 2021

Not intended for resale or sharing on an open/public website without permission.