Mini Monets and Mommies: Shaving Cream Art with Monet: Famous Artist Activity

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Shaving Cream Art with Monet: Famous Artist Activity

Monet’s Water Lilies is a favorite of mine when it comes to Impressionist art. The brush strokes. The textures. The colors. The hallmarks of this artistic style aren’t always easy for young children to recreate. That’s why shaving cream makes an awesomely easy addition to your little painter’s famous artist project arsenal.

Monet Art
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.

Texture art
3.     Drop a few drips of food coloring into the shaving cream.

Blue art
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.

Childrens crafts
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.

Claude Monet
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.

Lily art
Kids art
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Your child may also like this Clay Paint Monet Art Activity:

Monet Art


  1. I really love this, just need to buy some more food colouring! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

  2. This looks so fun! Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party.

  3. This is so perfect! We are actually studying Monet next week! Thanks for linking up at the Beauty Through Imperfection Pin-It Party!

  4. Thanks for linking up last at the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party, I'm featuring your post as one of my top picks of the week.

  5. Great idea. Love shaving cream painting. I have a question though does the foam ever dry out?

  6. I love these colors of cream when we can make for all ways.

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