The following pictures and videos are from the 8th graders taking/doing the art exam, 12.19.13. The basic idea was to have the students do a quick research project on an artist or style, state 20 facts about their choice and then do a drawing or painting in the style of the subject they chose.
The pictures below are some students who chose to research Jackson Pollock. Since they chose that particular painter they felt empowered to do something in his style, which would include the slinging of paint. I would not normally agree to this sort of thing, but it did fit with the painter and style they chose, so it was hard to say no.