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 Art does not come second nature to me. In art class, we get to pick where we feel the most comfortable out of 3 sections. Passive, Middle and Future Art student. I chose middle because  I wanted to challenge myself. The knowledge that I had about art was limited. I knew about "The Mona Lisa" painting by Leonardo Da Vinci and I knew a little about "The Starry Night" by Van Gogh but not much.  From the new things I learned this quarter, I created artwork that I am proud of.
 Below, you will see the best versions of my work. In every image, I added vivid colors in all of my work. Vivid colors are my favorite. These colors are very interesting because they have the power to cheer you up. I feel as though they bring cheerful, positive vibes.

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Q2 Art Blog by Karoline Castillo

As a senior, there aren't many classes that I look forward to attend to. Art however, is the exception. I've had art every single year of my high school career. Each year, and every quarter, I learn something new. In this quarter, we had a series of drawings to do planned out for each week of the marking period. 
Below are the drawings that I completed this quarter. Not only did I draw, but as usual, I also helped out my fellow classmates. This quarter, we created a fern, a collage, negative space drawings, and print making. Different color schemes were chosen for each piece. Please view and comment as you please. 
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Advanced Art A2 MP2

During Advanced Art this quarter we had four main projects. The first was an art collage, in which I created an eye out of words. The second project was to do a fabric drawing, which was very interesting to create. The third project that was assigned was to take a photo, put a filter on it and edit it. This was a beautiful assignment, and it really captured how the world changes everyday. The final assignment was an illustration of a child's book, poem, or novel. I chose a quote from the Hunger Games that I feel depicted how people want to change. The art was very diverse, and captured a lot of different aspects the term "art" can fall under.
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Bailey Britton Q2 Art Portfolio

During this quarter of Art I complete the 4 assignments, which were an art collage, a fabric drawing, a photo that was edited, and a drawing from a piece of writing. My favorite assignment I would have to say was my drawing from a piece of writing but it was also the hardest. I feel like the easiest assignment was editing the photo, but I really liked that also. I think my least favorite piece of art we had to do this quarter was because I couldn't decide on what to do. I feel like I have grown as an artist because my work looks at least a little bit better than it did in quarter one
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Alexis Dean Q2 Art

For quarter two art, we had four assignments to complete. We had to complete a 8.5 x 11 photo collage, a fabric drawing, photo editing and an illustration. For my photo collage I decided to do a vacation collage for my dream vacation and what that would look like. I decided to use colors that complemented each other well and that I feel are happy colors. For the fabric drawing I decided that I wanted to do a very detailed drawing and therefore chose silk. I chose a red silk that flowed very nicely and executed that very well in the drawing. When it came time for photo editing and illustration, I decided to use my sister and one of the books we have recently read. I used a basic filter in which highlighted the basic focal features of the photo and then drew the one scene from “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” I enjoyed doing all of these projects and spent a great deal of time on them even though I had an extensive absence. 
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Alexis Dean Q2 Art

For quarter two art, we had four assignments to complete. We had to complete a 8.5 x 11 photo collage, a fabric drawing, photo editing and an illustration. For my photo collage I decided to do a vacation collage for my dream vacation and what that would look like. I decided to use colors that complemented each other well and that I feel are happy colors. For the fabric drawing I decided that I wanted to do a very detailed drawing and therefore chose silk. I chose a red silk that flowed very nicely and executed that very well in the drawing. When it came time for photo editing and illustration, I decided to use my sister and one of the books we have recently read. I used a basic filter in which highlighted the basic focal features of the photo and then drew the one scene from “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” I enjoyed doing all of these projects and spent a great deal of time on them even though I had an extensive absence. 
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Jade Schweitzer Q2 Art

I created all these different pieces of art for Quarter 2 at very different times in my life. I've had a hard time personally, with three deaths in my family, one family member in the hospital and the pressure of having to set up the building blocks for the rest of my life. I create the art I do, to get people's attention, to show them what I can do, and that I matter. 
To show my creative spirit, and that even though I might not understand Algebra, or Physics, or World History that I understand other things. Like how people can change over time, and what people think when everything falls apart around them. 
My art is my venting time and my emotions. 
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Q2 Edgar Pacio

This quarter focused on the Fibonacci spiral and negative space. I found it intriguing that the fibonacci spiral is shares both mathematical and artistic occurrences in nature. For my fern drawing I wanted to revisit pastels, because of the wide variety of colors available. My collage was an attempt to recreate the golden triangle using different symbols. My dog was my inspiration for my block print and I think it turned out better than I expected. 
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How To Make Sautéed Garlic Pepper String Beans

Instructions for making sautéed garlic, pepper string beans:

Ingredients:

-Vegetable oil
-Garlic
-String beans
-Black pepper

1. Pour vegetable oil in a frying about the size of a quarter.
2. Lift the pan and move it around so that the vegetable oil coats the surface of the pan.
3. Add a spoonful of garlic to the oil.
4. Move the garlic around the pan same as the vegetable oil and let it simmer.
5. Pour string beans into the pan and cover them.
6. Take the cover off and move the string beans off with a spatula, fork, etc. and add black pepper
7. Let the string beans become a nice green and turn the pan off.
8. Enjoy!

Food Analysis:
I feel that my dish would only be considered "processed" because of the vegetable oil unnatural additives and properties.  The vegetable oil is taken through a lengthy process before being sold to supermarkets across the country.  Other than that, my dish is pretty healthy.  It is a vegetable and contains natural ingredients such as garlic and black pepper.

The dish is not fattening because it is vegetable-based.  Also, the garnishes and seasonings are natural and do not contain any added chemicals, additives, etc.  It also helps with bowel movement because of it's vegetational state.  If eaten too much, there will be limited to no waste inside of the body.

I think that the food mostly comes from the Midwestern part of the country.  This part of the country is the most occupied with crops used to grow fruits and vegetables.  The food is conventionally grow but its organic counterpart can be purchased at stores that whole foods like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, etc. for a slightly inflated price.

This dish is better than any fast food that can be purchased.  This dish is healthier because of the lack of fats, oils, grease, processed additives and extra chemicals.  The only way that this dish can be used to make money is by the company it was made by or if the cook decides to sell it.

Since the food started on a farm, it had to be grown and washed by selling to different grocery stores.  Then the consumers buy those vegetables and take them home for preparation.  The problem is that it was taken through a lengthy process to be bought and eaten so if you were to grow your own string beans, garlic and pepper, you'll be saving gas from going to the grocery store and the money that you were gonna pay for the groceries.

Personal Reflection:

From this unit, I learned that some people do not have access to healthy foods because of their geographic location and their income.  Healthy foods are expensive compared to fast food which are seen as a way to not break the bank and feed yourself and the family, if any.  While realizing this, I am glad that I was taught good eating habits such as eating vegetables and starches and not just fats, oils and grease.

I also learned that the essential food knowledge that children should learn has to start at home.  With good knowledge on food, the child can take it everywhere they go and share it with others who may not be as informed.  The opposite can happen with little to no food knowledge which results in carrying bad habits throughout the course of life and imposing those habits unto others.  We all need to learn the basics of food in order live healthier lives.  That in turn will promote better living and in turn a happier nation.

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Wynn Geary Q2 Benchmark

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As I was jarring honey over the summer I re-watched Food Inc. and felt oddly satisfied that I was actively taking down “big honey”. As an urban farmer I’m really exited to eat local food and bring it to the community. I’d like to think that I’m a warrior in the battle against corporate food companies. Although at this point I’m not providing food for an entire community, I would like to in the future. While reading and researching (urban) farming I’ve learned a lot about food that we as consumers are completely blind to. For example, I wanted to get goats and I started thinking how awesome it would be to get milk from local goats, the more I read the more I realized that goats and cows milk works just like a human, they have to be pregnant or a new mother in order for them to produce milk. That means that I would have to birth a baby goat before I could have a goat to milk. That was a moment where I really realized how far away we are from our food that we don’t even know how milking a goat or cow works.


My inspiration for urban farming Novella Carpenter wrote in her book “Farm City” about trying to eat food only from her own locally grown organic garden or trading her own food with friends for other locally grown food for a month. I would love to be able to do this at some point in my life, Maybe I could try it for a week this year eating only eggs, honey and greens from my garden.






Recipe for soft boiled eggs:

Recipe makes 1 serving with 2 eggs per serving.

  

Ingredients:  

• Eggs (2)

• Salt, Pepper or spices to taste. 

• Coconut Oil (1Tbsp.)

 

 

Cooking Instructions:

(Depending on how you choose to cook them, soft boiled eggs can be made differently)

 

In class I will remove eggs from the carton and crack them into the receptacle (after coating the tin in coconut spray) of the soft boiled egg maker. I will fill the machine with water and place the tray inside, then put the lid on and wait until the timer goes off. I’ll remove the tray and plate the eggs and allow people to add salt if they wish. 

 

At home you can make soft boiled eggs by placing whole untracked eggs into a saucepan, then filling the pan with water until the eggs are fully submerged. Bring the water to a boil on high heat. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to a medium-low and cook the eggs for 2-4 minutes (the longer you cook the eggs, the harder boiled they will be, if you like the yolk runny, cook the egg for 2 minutes, if you prefer the yolk firmer, cook for 4 minutes or more). Once the eggs are done, remove them from the water, and gently crack the top of the egg open and enjoy.

Nutrition: 

Contrary to popular belief, eggs do not increase cholesterol. Eggs are a superfood just like Kale and Salmon. Eggs provide very lean protein, with no fat, no sugar and only 78 calories per egg (and even less in the egg white alone) and provide high quality protein providing all the essential amino acids and will keep you full for hours after you eat them.

 

Sourcing The Food:

What’s really unique about this meal is that it only has one single ingredient, and that ingredient has come from my backyard. Socially, this egg means a lot to me because I’ve connected with my chickens and can see the process from animal, to plate. Part of what urban farming is all about is connecting with your food and when selling it to others, I believe it’s important to share it’s story. What’s awesome is that each egg I bring tomorrow will  be from a different chicken. I’ll be able to explain to people (If they want) which chicken laid which egg and their personality and why the egg is the size or shape that it is. For a detailed plan of how this will go, please refer to this Portlandia clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErRHJlE4PGI.

 

Again, these eggs have come from my backyard in Philly only 8 miles from school and the only fossil fuel used to transport them will be used by the bus that drives me to school. Unfortunately, my eggs aren't organic, while the chickens are cage-free, free ranging and the feed we feed them is organic, we also choose to feed them table scraps from our house that are not organic. Because the chicken and egg are similar to a mother and baby, the nutrients eaten by the chicken are passed on to the egg. 

 

One of the best part about these eggs is that they’re free. No one made money off of these eggs, the only real money spent was on the chicken, their food and the chicken coop.  Compared to the eggs you might get at a fast food restaurant, these eggs have much more protein in them, you can even see the difference, store bought eggs are noticeably less vibrantly orange than farm fresh eggs. 

 

I don’t feel like this is the place to lecture people on the differences between factory egg production and at home egg production, this is certainly a good hook to get people interested. If people are interested, I have pictures of my chicken coop and we can look up images of factory farming and highlight the clear differences between the two. Simple things like cage-free and free ranging and comparing that chickens are kept in cages 24-7 and their eggs drop through the floor and run down a conveyor belt compared to a chicken being able to roam around a clean spacious area and when they feel like laying an egg, they have the option of various nesting places where they can calmly lay their eggs. I can talk for days about chickens. 

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Lauren Thomas Q2 Art

The reason I create art is to express myself. Even though the art may not be something amazing or profound, it is something I am proud of and happy that I created. When I look at my art, I see myself being reflected. This quarter my art had a common theme almost. There were a lot of drawings and detailed work. Detailed art is a bit meticulous but it's something fun. I create what I love and I have to be happy with what I create. I feel that my collage is one of the best things I created this quarter; it shows complex images in a simplistic way with a lot of colors, which is something I really love. 
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Melanie Harrington: MP 2 Art Portfolio

As an artist, I always try to create pieces that I know I will enjoy. As part of my process, I always make it a point to carefully think about the subject matter I will be working with. The artwork in this portfolio highlights the child within me and I think it is important to acknowledge our old selves and how we once had very imaginative minds. My old self fueled my creativity whenever I created a piece this quarter.
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Q2 Art Portfolio

Hello, I'm Klarissa Hudson and this is my work from my senior art class. In this class we have students who are "passing", "middles", and "college preps." Each section has different artworks to be completed based on their level. I'm in the "passing" group, so I have the smaller and easier assignments to complete. This quarter I had to:


1. Create an art collage from magazines

2. Draw a fabric

3. Filter a picture

4. Draw a picture to represent a passage, book, quote, etc.


For my first assignment, I worked to create an art collage. We had to cut out pictures and words from magazines and have it say something without us having to explain it. For the second assignment, I drew a red fabric. I’m not really good at shading and drawing sheets or covers. For the third assignment I made filters of a picture I took during sunset. My first filter was playing around with waves while the second one was with night vision. And for the fourth assignment I did an illustration of a book I read in english class called “The Bluest Eye.” Please enjoy and comment if you like; thank you for taking time to look at my work.


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Melanie Harrington Q2 Art Portfolio

As an artist, I always try to create pieces that I know I will enjoy. As part of my process, I always make it a point to carefully think about the subject matter I will be working with. The artwork in this portfolio highlights the child within me and I think it is important to acknowledge our old selves and how we once had very imaginative minds. My old self fueled my creativity whenever I created a piece this quarter.


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Q2 Artwork by Leah Kelly

At the end of the first quarter, I set the goal for myself that I would challenge myself to create the best artwork that I possibly could in the second semester. I can say with confidence that I achieved my goal.

Drawing has never been a skill of mine, but the second quarter in Advanced Art was extensive in drawing and I can say that I created some works that I am really proud of. Also, especially for the art collage, I was challenged to be really creative and not just cut out a bunch of things and glue them to the page. So instead, I came up with the idea of diversity and created an amazing collage around it and it then became my favorite piece of art that I produced this quarter.


This quarter I drew inspiration from all around me, specifically for the collage and the photograph. When we were told to take a picture of a photograph displaying depth of field, my mind immediately jumped to all of the easy options: taking pictures of lockers, pool balls, words, etc. However, I became inspired and decided to challenge myself using a mundane object such as string to represent such an important photography element.


Overall, I am extremely pleased with my performance this quarter and with the entire semester overall. I look forward to continuing to grow as an artist and a person through this class.


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Sci-Soc Food Project

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Recipe & Analysis

Baked Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings

Cook time: about 1.5 hours

Prep time: 30 minutes


9 medium organic russet potatoes (about 3 pounds)

1/2 stick of salted butter

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil

5 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Sea salt & freshly ground black Pepper, as much desired

Crushed red pepper flakes, as much desired

1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


1) Take the potatoes and rinse them under cold water; peel them until completely bare. Place the potatoes in a large pot with cold water over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Strain the potatoes, then put them back into the pot.


2) Take the potato masher to your root vegetable, that way, when you add in your first couple of ingredients, they become absorbed by the potatoes, creating a tastier dish. Add your milk and butter, but portion the milk as you stir it in. Do the same for the olive oil.


3) Add your salt, pepper, garlic slices, and red pepper flakes.


4) Add in all of the cheese, or leave some on the side to sprinkle on top before baking. Stir the potatoes until creamy.


5) Pour the mashed potatoes into a baking dish, place on top shelf of oven, uncovered. Leave in for 30-45 minutes, or until golden brown.


6) Serve hot.


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Processed vs.Whole Food

3 out of 8 items are processed, about 38% (37.5% to be exact)

Salted butter

Milk

Parmesan cheese


Health/nutrition

Since only 3 items have nutritional info available on their container, I can only write about them.


Salted butter

Calories: 100

Fat: 11g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 90mg

Vitamin A: 8%

Butter can be good and it can be bad. Even though it contains 8% vitamin A, which is needed for the health of the thyroid, and also contains a number of anti-oxidants that protect against things that weaken the arteries, it can also be really harmful to other parts of your body. If the butter is conventional anyway (contains GMOs), and you’re continually consuming it, it’s most likely giving youorgan damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, is accelerating your aging, digestion problems, and many more. Butter is fattening; it turns into actual fat in your body.


Milk

Calories: 150

Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 35mg

Sodium: 130mg

Protein: 8g

Vitamin A: 6%

Vitamin C: 4%

Calcium: 30%

Vitamin D: 25%

Milk is amazing for getting potassium (which can avoid Charley Horse’s), and stronger bones. A downside to consuming milk, is that if you are a person who consumes a lot of sodium, and then you consume a lot of milk you have a higher chance of acquiring high blood pressure.


EVOO

Calories: 120

Fat: 14g

Cholesterol: 0g

Sodium: 0g

Omega-6: 9.7%

Omega-3: 0.76%

Vitamin E: 72% of the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance)

Vitamin K: 75% of the RDA

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of the best oils and fats for you and your body. Not only is it good for your skin and hair, but it’s also good as an anti-inflammatory and provider of nutrients. If the oil is pressed naturally, the EVOO would be high in phenolic antioxidants, the main reason why olive oil is so beneficial (phenolic antioxidants offer resistance to illnesses ranging from cancer to arthritis). EVOO is easily digestible and tasty start to any dressing.


Environmental

My potatoes and cheese are organic and came from a farmers market near my house; the farmers are located here in PA. Everything else was purchased at Shoprite. Shoprite uses food from Wakefern Food Corporation located in Keasbey, New Jersey. So the food I purchased from Shoprite traveled the furthest.


Political/economic

Butter: $2.19

Milk: $4.99

Cheese: $10.99

EVOO: $12.00

Salt: $2.29

Pepper: $3.49

Red Pepper Flakes: $3.00

Garlic: $2.69

Potatoes: $6.00

= $46.14 (about $50)


The price I spent on making this meal is equivalent to about 5 regular meals not from the dollar menu at McDonalds. Shoprite and its corporations (Wakefern Food Corp., specifically), and the farmers made money off of my meal.


Social

People have the option of gaining weight because of the ingredients within the meal.The parmesan cheese at Shoprite, already grated, was $3.99, but the whole cheese from the Farmer’s Market, same amount of ounces as the Shoprite brand, cost $7 more. Similar to my potatoes, the organic potatoes from the Farmer’s Market, cost $2.00 more than potatoes at Shoprite. The potatoes were grown in PA, on an organic farm, and the cheese came from grass fed cows, so it’s all healthy.

Reflection
I love to eat. Food is such a large part of my life, and being able to taste something new everyday is an ultimate goal of mine. The glorious part of this unit, was getting to know where all of this “glory” came from. Learning that some things that I eat are not necessarily the most healthy is shocking because the marketing that is done to draw in customers is genius. The “no GMO’s” scandal is fascinating, because you would think these large corporations would fear having information leaked saying that their products actually do contain GMO’s would persuade them to stop falsely advertising, but since they have billions of dollars, and countless lawyers, I’m sure they would win the case either way. I really enjoyed reading the article about processed food, sometime last week. I was able to resonate with what was said about the ingredient labeling on the back of food products. “The more ingredients it has (mostly being words no one has ever heard of or will never be able to have in their pantry), the less healthy the product is. As I make my dish for the class on Friday, I’m pleased to keep in my mind that by using whole products, I will be producing a dish that is tasty and nutritious all at the same time.
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Joe Louis

For my NHD project I decided to research about the sporting world in American during the 1940's. The sporting world was dominated by the white people which made African Americans harder to fit in. During my NHD, I decided to research Joe Louis, who was the first black athlete to move race barriers. He was truly one of most important athletes that has ever lived because he joined blacks and whites together. 

Heres the link. 
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NHD - Imani & Amirah

My National History day project was about the leadership and legacy of Malcolm X. In this website you will learn how Malcolm X's view on religion effected the civil rights movement. You will learn the struggles of what he went through in his childhood also. http://42706787.nhd.weebly.com <-------------------link here 
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Jackson Pollock

‘At a certain moment the canvas began to appear to one American painter after another as an arena in which to act. … What was to go on canvas was not a picture but an event’

-Harold Rosenberg

Art and History are like fraternal twins They both tell the stories of those who came before, the difference is the way they tell those stories. Art is the quiet and emotional younger twin who has animosity towards the older twin for his ability to tell stories so well. History is jealous as well, because art has the uncanny ability to show her emotions and give them meaning so others understand the emotions as well. This inseparable pair needs one another to tell the complete story. American history is taught throughout the nation as a mandatory credit for high school1 and even before high school elementary students learn about this nation’s history they can. Art on the other hand has had less success with reaching the minds of the youth, art is not a mandatory requirement for schools. This creates a very one sided look at the way we view our own history. Art is the feelings and the emotion behind the times while history is just the times. Without the feelings you get events in a timeline not the full picture. Art and history have a symbiotic relationship; one could not survive without the other, thus creating a necessity for both to be taught together to have the full impact of the times before.  

The art portrayed in different time periods and the new movements in the art world reflect what is happening in the real world around the artists. There are many different time periods where the art from the era create and set the mood for what was happening in the historic time. The easiest ones to identify as relating directly to the history of the times is portraits; they directly relate the important people of the historic time to the art that was created during that time. The styles of art also directly relate to the times and how people perceived the world in that epoch. These styles can vary from Portraiture to Abstract Expressionism to Cubism.

The movement in art and the world events were parallel like no other was in the Depression era in the US. The Great Depression was a time when the US went through a massive recession and the unemployment rate was at its highest2. Resulting in the hardest time for Americans until recently3. Hard times call for harder emotional pitfalls. Many people in the living through the Great Depression in America were depressed themselves. “The largest increase in the US suicide rate occurred during the Great Depression surging from 18 in 100,000 up to 22 in 100,000”4 The US was as emotional as a hormonal pregnant woman, leading to a great era for the artists in the world.

Jackson Pollock was an American artist who has a great legacy in the Depression era because of his inventive ways of taking on experimental art forms. Jackson Pollock Played a pivotal role in taking the events going on around him and putting the feelings of those events to canvas. He used art to show the emotions he felt during the depression era. He wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries of art. He wasn’t afraid to push boundaries in general either. His legacy still lives on today.

Pollock was born in 1912 to Stella and LeRoy Pollock. He was the youngest of 5 boys making for a pretty interesting life, presumably. He grew up in Arizona and California, during school in he had trouble with academics and got into trouble often; he was expelled from his high school in California. He grew into an alcoholic in his adult life and that became the important factor in his death at 44. He was a quite emotional man and let his emotions take their toll on his personal life. He followed his brother to new York where he really found his calling as an artist. Pollock is easily the most well known American artist today, giving what he left behind more power. When he was in New York Thomas Hart Benton5  was one of the mentors he took much of his inspiration from. Benton mentored him through a lot of Pollock’s early career creating some similarities between their work.


This is one of Pollock’s early works called “Going West” He took great inspiration from the American Regionalism that Benton essentially created and used often. “et Going West is characterized by a dark, almost mystical quality similar to another American visionary painter Pollock admired, Albert Pinkham Ryder”

Thomas Hart Benton “Achelous and Hercules”

Benton was a well known muralist for his works like  “America Today” and “Persephone.”6 He was the leader in a sense for the New York group of artists at the time. Pollock studied with Benton at the Art Students League of New York, an institution founded for artists by artists, “The Art Students League was founded in 1875 by a group of artists - almost all of whom were students at the National Academy of Design in New York City and many of whom were women.” The leaders wanted a very different environment for art rather than the Academy’s ways. Because it was post Civil War, artists were looking for something different than the usual European influenced techniques. The Art Students League of New York gave a new option to the artist in America. The institution was and is a success, based off the success of the artist coming out of the institution artists like: Georgia O'Keeffe, Barnett Newman, Norman Rockwell, Roy Lichtenstein, and Mark Rothko and many others, either attended or instructed at the institution7.

Benton was one of main contributors to Pollock’s inventive ways, showing him some of the experimental painting techniques. He was apart of a group called Works progress Administration (WPA). The group was the starter of the Federal art Project which was under Holger Cahill. In a years time by 1936 the project helped employ about 6000 artists and over half of those artist lived in New York8. Benton was also apart of the leftist political group making him what we would call today and extreme liberal9. His political stances were very similar to Pollocks other mentors in the field.

Pollock used a method of painting unlike any of his predecessors but he was introduced to one of the techniques he used regularly by the muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. In 1936 Siqueiros introduced him to the art of using liquid paint, Siqueiros used this technique in his thrilling murals. These techniques were purely experimental (often where true art is really found), his apprentices and him had an inside joke about his form of painting called “Duco” paints which was a pun referring to his political stance and his use of that in his art. He believed that Politics and art were to go hand in hand, just as art and history are to never be separated. He used his stance liberally in his art. He Diego Rivera and Javier Guerrero, started El Machete, a paper that came out weekly that soon became the front piece for Mexico’s Communist Party. The Mexican artists were as big of an influence on Pollock’s artwork as benton was.

Diego Rivera also mentored Pollock, Rivera was most known for his murals as well and was married to Frida Kahlo another exceptional artist of the time.10 Though the Mexican artist do not have a direct connection to the American history part they had a huge influence on Pollock. Pollock took inspiration from them and created his own style of painting a style that brought out the emotion in the paintings. He used techniques he learned from all of his mentors to create a painting. Action painting is the typ of painting you can only do if you have enough passion and emotion. It is the raw and unaltered way to put your feelings on canvas11.

Action painting falls under the category of Abstract Expressionism. Abstract Expressionism is the result of the legacy of surrealism. Surrealism is best known by the artist Pablo Picasso or another Salvador Dali. Abstract Expressionism is basically your emoitions on paper or canvas. Pure, raw emotions12.

Works Cited

The !930s. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://xroads.virginia.edu/~am482_04/am_scene/bentonbio.html>.

The Art History. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <http://www.theartstory.org/artist-pollock-jackson.htm>. This site also helps with the decoding of Jackson Pollock’s works but this site helps relate it back to his life.

The Art Story. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.theartstory.org/movement-abstract-expressionism.htm>.

The Art Story. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2015. <http://www.theartstory.org/artist-pollock-jackson.htm>. This sight explains the artwork of Jackson Pollock and how he used different techniques to convey different emotions

The Art Students League. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.theartstudentsleague.org/About/History.aspx>.

David Alfaro Siqueiros Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.biography.com/people/david-alfaro-siqueiros-9485144#the-politicized-artist>.

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