Painting a History Lesson

Newfield’s National Art Honor Society Takes VirtualField Trip to Pollock-Krasner House and Studio

CENTEREACH, NEW YORK (FEBRUARY 2021)—The pandemic has certainly challenged educators to go above and beyond to ensure their students still receive the full learning experience. In Middle Country, Newfield High School National Art Honor Society club advisors, Mr. Berretta and Ms. LaLima, have capitalized on the opportunity to bring the Pollock-Krasner House and Studio right to Middle Country via a virtual field trip experience.

The Pollock-Krasner House and Studio, located in East Hampton, was home to Jackson Pollock, an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement, and his wife Lee Krasner, an American abstract expressionist painter. Members of Newfield’s National Art Honor Society received a personal tour, in the comfort of their own classroom, which educated them on the two artists’ different approaches to their artwork, as well as their past time in the studio. Students also gained a firsthand experience from their tour guide of Jackson’s Pollock’s drip method, pouring paint straight from a can or along a stick onto a canvas lying horizontally on the floor.