Monday, June 27, 2011

Jackson Pollock Writing Prompts #1

"Galaxy"  by Jackson Pollock

On this day in 1926, Frank O'Hara was born.  Frank O'Hara was an American poet,   From 1953-1955, O'Hara served as an editor for Art News magazine.  O'Hara found inspiration in art for his work, including the art of Jackson Pollock.  Above, is the picture"Galaxy" by Jackson Pollock.  You can browse more paintings by Jackson Pollock at the All Posters website

Free-Writing Prompt:  Study the picture above for one minute.  Then free-write for 5 minutes without stopping.  Just write what comes to mind.  After 5 minutes, try to work your free-writing into a poem, essay or story. 


Creative Nonfiction Writing Prompts: 

 "When I am painting I have a general notion as to what I am about. I can control the flow of paint: there is no accident.”  - Jackson Pollock

a.  Applying this statement to the art you do, whether it is writing or dancing or painting, do you agree or disagree with this statement  about controlling the flow of _______ (words, paint, movement, etc.)?  Why or why not?  Write about it. 

b.  Write about the theme of control over something you have or something you don't. 

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