Jackson Pollock Valentine {Miss Misty’s Art Class}

Here is a really simple art project that’s suitable for really young kids.  I created this for my 4 year old students to give to their parents as a Valentine and they absolutely love it.  The artist that inspired this project is the American painter, Jackson Pollock.  It’s so easy and quick,  I’m able to give a short lesson on him AND complete the project within 30 minutes.  Instead of getting messy and using his “drip” technique, or paint pouring to recreate his “action painting,” we achieved his look with a much cleaner approach.

Here’s an example of one of his many artworks:

autumnrhythm(Autumn Rhythm)


  • Shallow, cardboard box/lid
  • White piece of paper (or color of your choice)
  • Tape (preferably double-stick)
  • Marbles (amount depending on how many colors you will use)
  • Paint (colors of your choice)
  • Decorative scissors (a scallop cut looks nice)
  • Containers/cups to pour paint into


  • First, draw a large heart on piece of paper that fills it from top to side.  Use tape to stick paper to the inside of the box.
  • Pour a little of each paint color (seen in photo: red, purple, pink, peach, yellow) into individual cups.  Place 2 clean marbles into each cup, roll them around and fully cover them with the paint.
  • Ask your young artist to carefully hold the sides of the box (with paper taped inside) while you  empty 2 marbles of the same color in the box (I used a plastic spoon to avoid paint fingers).
  • Your little artist will now tilt the box from side to side, back and forth, to direct the marbles to roll across the paper in all different directions, creating a splatter or streak-like look.
  • Once the marbles are not leaving behind any more color, take them out and replace them with 2 more marbles of a different color.
  • Repeat the rolling of the marbles until all colors have been used.  Let the paper dry.
  • Once the paper is dry, use the decorative scissors to cut along the pencil line in the shape of a heart.

That’s pretty much all there is to it.  The cool thing about this project, is that it can be done using any shape (instead of heart, a flower, moon, star, balloon, etc.) and any colors.

For a little bit of reading on Jackson Pollock and to view some of his art, click here.

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  1. LOVE your art ideas Misty! Very inspiring and will definitely be recreating on these rainy days ahead!!

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