Maurice Richard Grosser (American, 1903-1986), Red Cabbages, oil on canvas. Gift of Jacques Kayaloff, 1966. (1966.15).

Create textured produce prints using vegetables as stamps!

Texture, shape, and feeling have inspired artists for thousands of years. Artist Maurice Richard Grosser was inspired by the texture of this cabbage to create a painting. Grosser uses a hyper-realistic style to capture every bump, curl, and imperfection in this plant.

Supplies Needed:

  • Vegetables (and/or Fruit)
  • Paint or Food Coloring
  • Paintbrush or Roller
  • Paper
  • Knife and Cutting Board

Please consider all possible allergens and food sensitivities before touching or eating foods or dyes. Have an adult help you with cutting any vegetables or handling sharp objects.

Steps to Create Your Vegetable Print:

  1. Choose your fruits and vegetables. Have an adult cut them into slices. Notice the internal shapes and textures of your fruits and vegetables.
  2. Coat the slices with paint or food coloring using a paintbrush or roller. Stamp the painted vegetable down onto paper.
  3. Lift it to see the stamp. Repeat with different fruits and vegetables or different slices to compare and contrast the stamps.

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