The Power of Art: Mark Rothko

Upon the completion of our Jackson Pollock lesson plan, we will continue on our learning of Modern Art. We will be studying Mark Rothko and create an abstract painting using his unique painting style. This Youtube video provides background information on the artist and his style of painting. We will be exploring this artist, his paintings, and his technique. After completion of the lesson we will be producing paintings using this technique.

Students: Begin brainstorming about what you want to paint. Think about colors you may use and what those colors mean. In your sketchbook, begin by creating small sketches of possible ideas for this painting. We will be beginning this lesson whenever we learn about color.

Below is a link to the National Gallery of Art. It provides a timeline of the artist. Explore the timeline and view some of his paintings.

NGA Mark Rothko


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