Sponge Printmaking

After viewing Claude Monet’s beautiful French Impressionist paintings, I decided to create a lesson inspired by him. This week, my students will be using sponges to create their own landscape prints.

Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet

As you can see, Monet’s paintings are very textured. My students will create the “dotted” look by using cut up sponge (dish washing sponges work great!) and tempura paint. They can draw images such as a bridge, lily pads, trees, and flowers using oil pastels or crayons prior to printmaking. This project is wonderful for all ages. Happy printing!

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