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Mark Making: Monet's Water Lilies with Melanie Lan

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Saturday, May 25, 11:00am - 12:30pm PT

Mark making describes the different lines, dots, marks, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork. It can be loose and gestural, or controlled and neat. We each have our own unique way of mark making, and discovering the limitless possibility of making marks is part of what makes art so immensely joyful!

Claude Monet was the founder of Impressionist painting, as well as the creator of the iconic Water Lilies series. These paintings are famous for their dynamic interplay of analogous colors and rich textural qualities. From afar, the paintings appear as serene lily-ponds, yet up close they are an explosion of energetic lines, marks, and brushwork.

In this workshop, we'll explore the gestural quality of Monet's brushstrokes, translating the visceral oil paint markings into watercolors. We'll study his signature color palette using blues, greens, purples, and pinks, and create water lily filled ponds of our own.

Join zoom 15 minutes early (10:45am) for an informal meet and greet with the instructor and other class participants! Session instructions will begin promptly at 11:05am PT so that everyone has plenty of time to join!


  • Watercolor paints - primarily shades of blues, greens, purples, pinks, and a touch of yellow!
  • Watercolor paper (2 sheets) Melanie will be using both Arches and Strathmore 100% cotton paper
  • Paint brushes - mop brushes and round brushes are best for this class!
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Mixing palette
  • White gouache
  • Reference photos will be provided



Melanie Lan is an artist and illustrator based in NYC. She earned her MFA in painting at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, and has an interdisciplinary background in painting, cross-cultural studies, and somatic psychology. Her work explores the intersection of healing, meaning-making, and the natural world. In her free time Melanie is a selenophile who loves tide pools, stargazing, big trees, and long walks with good snacks.

View more of Melanie’s work at and Instagram: @melanie.lan


All workshops are recorded and the replay will be automatically available the day after class to everyone who paid for a spot! The link to the recording will expire 30 days after the date of the workshop.

* Zoom links are emailed 24 hours before the workshop starts; please check out using the email address to which you’d like the link sent. If you have not received the link within 24 hours prior to the class, please check your spam folder first and email

** If you’d like to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open up the spot! We are only able to refund if we’re notified at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. 

Thank you so much for taking our workshops. We do ask if you are planning on teaching in the future by using anything you’ve learned from us, to please credit Case for Making + the individual instructor where applicable.