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[teacherartexchange] "Monster Engine" Lesson idea - collaboration


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Mar 17 2006 - 05:23:58 PST

Dear Art Educators,

Patti B. posted this site to Art Education list:
Dave Devries' Monster Engine

He has taken kid monster drawings and made them into 3-D renderings.
He uses acrylics, air brush and colored pencils. Looks like he works
on black paper/canvas.

This would be a fun collaborative project for your wee kids and maybe
high school (after their other work is done). Wee ones would draw the
monster in line drawing with crayon or colored pencils or markers.
High school kids would do the realistic rendering of the monster. A
parent volunteer could record the wee one's story about the monster -
then type it up for the book (or the high school kids could do this,
too). Maybe make the pages all 9" x 12" (or 8 1/2 x 11). Print the
stories out. Laminate - assemble all into one big Monster book for the
kindergarten (or whatever grade level) class.

This could also be a Service Learning Project.... might be able to get
some $$ for a printer or scanner for your classroom. You could print
off the artwork for the book... and the artists get to keep their

Research has shown the kids learn to read better when they read their
own stories. This is the Whole Language approach to reading. If you
don't want to do monsters.... you could have the wee ones design super
heroes.... The whole process is a career lesson as well.

If anyone tries this, let me know.....


Judy Decker
Incredible Art Department
Incredible Art Resources

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