A brief history of modern art

“I could have done that!” Modern art — particularly abstract art — can be divisive. But the best way to appreciate it is to understand what the artist was trying to do. This video gives a fascinating introduction to the topic by tracing a powerful Jackson Pollock painting back 100 years.

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  1. Spend some time looking at Jackson Pollock’s Number 31, the painting which inspired this video. Without thinking too hard, write a paragraph explaining how it makes you feel. Start by deciding if it makes you feel positive or negative.
  2. Create your own work of modern art, inspired by one of the paintings shown in this video.