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Get Creative: The Met Store x Caran d’Ache

An invitation to be inspired by The Met collection

The Met collection spans 5,000 years of art from around the globe, adding up to more than a million objects on view at any given time. Including not just paintings and sculpture but arms and armor, musical instruments, costume, furniture, and more, the Museum is home to an incredible variety of expressions of human creativity. Our collection and exhibitions have inspired generations of artists and designers since The Met was founded in 1870.

 As a part of our continued mission to educate and inspire, we invite you to draw inspiration (literally!) from The Met collection with our brand-new array of color art materials by the renowned Swiss manufacturer Caran d’Ache.

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William the Hippo rendered using Caran d’Ache Supracolor Soft Water-Soluble Colored Pencils.

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Inspired by the Arms and Armor collection, this study is executed using our Caran d’Ache Graphite Pencil Set. Philippo Negroli (Italian, ca. 1510-1579), Burgonet, 1543. Steel, gold and textile.

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Inspired by the Arms and Armor collection, this finished drawing was completed using our Caran d’Ache Graphite Pencil Set.

The first-ever partnership between Caran d’Ache and an art museum, our main store at The Met Fifth Avenue now features a bespoke color bar. Join us to create your own sets of 12 Caran d’Ache Supracolor Water-Soluble Pencils, selecting from a range of over 80 shades. Designed to encourage creativity and imagination, the display showcases color palettes inspired by various artworks in The Met collection to get you started. We’ve also launched a dedicated drawing area so you can experiment with these materials in-store before purchasing.

Not sure about creating your own set? We also offer an exclusive range of Met Store x Caran d’Ache art material sets, writing instruments, and more. Visit us in-store to shop the whole collection, and shop a curated range of products online here.

Caran d’Ache Supracolor Soft Water-Soluble Colored Pencils

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Caran d’Ache Supracolor Soft Water-Soluble Colored Pencils prior to water being added.

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Results when adding water to Caran d’Ache Supracolor Soft Water-Soluble Colored Pencils.

 

Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels

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Study of The Met’s Charles Englehard Court rendered with Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels.

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Inspired by the gardens of The Met Cloisters, a study using a variety of Caran d’Ache supplies.

Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels

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The Temple of Dendur rendered in Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels. First stage, mostly dry.

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The Temple of Dendur rendered in Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels. Stage 2, addition of water and second layer of pastel.

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The Temple of Dendur rendered in Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels. Final stage, multiple layers of pastel and water.

In celebration of the launch, we are hosting a live art-making event at The Met Fifth Avenue with New York-based fashion illustrator Megan Morrison of TravelWriteDraw on the evening of Friday, April 21. During the event, Morrison will speak about her career as an artist and create unique works of art inspired by The Met collection, followed by a live Q&A and a chance for participants to experiment with the new Met Store x Caran d’Ache materials firsthand.

We’ll be announcing more in-store events soon. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up-to-date with our event announcements, product introductions, tutorials, and more.

All images courtesy Brittany Arnold.

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