Christie Inocencio, a long-time art teacher who has been working with adult students for the past six years, demonstrates how to drip paint onto a canvas to Kezya Materón Arum during an adult art class on painting like Jackson Pollock at the Menlo Park Library on Jan. 28. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.
Christie Inocencio with students at the Menlo Park Library on Jan. 28. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.
Victoria Johnson flings paint down onto her canvas during the class. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.
Ansley Bolick drips paint onto her canvas, employing a Pollock technique, during the class at the Menlo Park Library on Jan. 28. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.
Elizabeth Kayser uses the end of a brush to move paint around her canvas during the "Paint Like Pollock" class on Jan. 28. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.
Brushes in watered-down paint for dripping on canvas, arranged on a table set up for the Jan. 28 art class at the Menlo Park Library. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.
It was a colorful salute to abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock on his birthday, Jan. 28, when participants in a Menlo Park Library adult art class gathered to drip, smear, and move paint freely over their canvases.
Christie Inocencio, a teaching artist who leads programs at libraries, senior centers, schools, and other locations, helped participants explore Pollock's painting style through the greatest form of flattery: imitation.
Inocencio started her company, Christie's Creative Cupboard, in order to fill a need in the community for fun, educational programs for all age groups, according to the library's website.
Earlier today, she taught students how to paint in the style of neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The free art programs are funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.