Shaving cream paint is a simple sensory medium that is easy to make and fun for kids to use. Its, for lack of better word, fluffiness creates puffy brush strokes that stand up on top of the paper. Start out with a looking lesson on Monet’s artwork. If you aren’t lucky enough to live near a museum that has the real thing, show your child a reproduction in a book or online. Talk about what you child sees. Ask her:
· How do you think the artist made this?
· What colors do you see?
· What time of day do you think it is in the picture?
· What season do you think it is?
You can also read a book or two about the famous artist and his work. Some of my favorites are:
A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet by Bijou Le Tord
Katie and the Waterlily Pond: A Magical Journey Through Five Monet Masterpieces by James Mayhew
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt
Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Cristina Bjork
Now your mini Monet is ready to get painting.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Shaving cream
· A paintbrush
· Food coloring
· Card stock paper
· Wax paper
Here’s What to Do:
1. Pick one of Monet’s famous artworks for your child to re-create in her own way. Use the word “re-create” and not “copy”. The goal isn’t for your child to make exactly what she sees. She can’t. It’s just a fact – there’s only one Monet! Don’t let her get caught up in the “I have to make it look just like that picture or I’m wrong” line of thinking. The idea is for her to understand the basics concepts: Visible brush strokes, texture in the paint, natural setting, and colors that reflect the season and time of day.
2. Spray a mound of shaving cream onto the wax paper. You can use a paper plate or tray instead. The wax paper provides a leaf-proof barrier and is easy to use.
3. Drop a few drips of food coloring into the shaving cream.
4. Stir the color in. Your child doesn’t need to mix it 100% in. Leaving some of the white cream visible gives the artwork a more textured look.
5. Dip the brush into the colored cream. Make sure your child gets a glob of it on the brush. As she paints, have her make defined brush strokes. Let her know that she doesn’t have to smooth the paint down, making it a perfect glossy surface. The lumpy, bumpy look will mimic Monet’s work.
6. Repeat the shaving cream color step with other hues.
7. Paint the rest of the artwork. Layer color next to color, building up the painting.
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