Working in the style of the English Romanticist landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, a modern interpretation of his painting style is created. Using the subject of cars in traffic on a wetted background, paint is dabbed and loosely applied. This allows it to mix freely and blend naturally on the wet background to create a blurry and sometimes impressionistic effect. This is in contrast to the neat and precise styles of some other artists. There is animated reference to the artist J.M.W.Turner, as well as some of his works, to set this in context and add an element of art history.

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Pupils could create a modern painting of their own using Turner’s style of painting. Spray or drip water onto the finished picture to see what effect it has. Experiment with water-colour paints by allowing colours to deliberately bleed into each other on wetted paper. Practice sometimes working and painting in a more impressionistic style rather than always producing precise and realistic pictures. Try using water-colour pencils as well as paints.