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Monet Marbelized

This art project was brought to us by The Creative Can Art Studio.


Claude Monet (1840-1926) was a French painter and one of the founders of the Impressionism movement. “Try to forget what objects you have before you- a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, ‘Here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow,’ and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own impression of the scene before you.”


Water Lilies 1919.


MATERIALS - Shaving cream, thick paper, acrylic paint, a pan or dish, brushes, spatula or popsicle stick.


STEP 1 - Fill a shallow pan or dish with shaving cream.


STEP 2 - Place several dollops of blue and purple paint onto the shaving cream.


STEP 3 - Use a stick or end of a brush to swirl and mix colors.


STEP 4 - Place a paper onto the shaving cream and gently press down on entire page.


STEP 5 - Carefully and slowly peel up paper.


STEP 6 - Scrape all of the shaving cream from the paper with a spatula or popsicle stick. Set aside to dry for a few minutes. Repeat steps 4-6 with other pieces of paper if desired.


STEP 7 - Paint lily pads, flowers and other organic shaped details with acrylic paint. In Monet style, dab several colors for each spot. For example lily pads are first painted green, then add a small dab of yellow and small dab or green. Flowers can be pink with a dab of yellow and white.


There are no mistakes here. Be creative and have fun!


DISCUSS - Impressionism: a style of painting that focuses on the impression of the moment, the color and light instead of a realistic image.


Organic shapes: irregular, asymmetrical and found in nature.


Art does not have to be realistic to be beautiful.


Learn more about Claude Monet at the following resources:


Always be CREATIVE!