Cathy Tokic, the Laurel School Art in Action coordinator sent us a report about some second and third graders’ participation at the the organization’s annual fundraiser Object:Art. She writes:
“At the Object:Art event entrance, the seven students engaged in a Jackson Pollock Art in Action lesson. They first looked at a Pollock masterpiece print, then discussed the concepts the artist used in the painting.
“The students then re-created their own Pollock canvases by using techniques used in a similar style with acrylic house paint. The students applied paint to the canvas, color by color, using large brushes, spoons, wisks, paint sticks, and popsicle sticks. They studied the overall composition and color contrast after every layer to create a well-balanced piece.
“Later, inside the event, the students participated on stage with the auctioneer to help sell two other paintings, which had been created at school the prior week to allow drying time for the live auction. They sold for a total of $1,450! The students also were present during the live “Fund-a-Need” auction which took place at the end of the event.
“We will now take one of the two paintings created at the event and donate them to our Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation auction to benefit the Menlo Park City School District. Great to see the students at MPCSD paying it forward and giving back to surrounding communities!”
Photo shows NFL player, artist and philanthropist Vernon Davis, who received the Art in Action Art Visionary Award with Laurel students