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Monster Art

February 24, 2012

It’s Friday again. Which means a new art project around here.

Can I just say:

“I’m having so much fun being in Kindergarten again!”

Today we broke out the Play-doh and created some monsters.

Their only instruction was to “build a monster.”

I really enjoy doing the projects with the kids instead of just telling them what to do. It also gives them a springboard of where to go next with their task  if they get stuck.

Monkey and I both made nonsense monsters, while Bruiser said right from the get-go that he was going to make a “turtle monster.”

I was pretty surprised by their choices, because Bruiser is the one with the big imagination while Monkey is about as straight-laced as they come.

Art brings out the hidden things, I suppose!

Here are the finished Play-doh monsters.

But wait, there’s more!

Sculpting was only part one of this art day.

Next they were given the task to paint their monster’s portrait.

They were to use the appropriate crayon colors to draw just an outline of their monster.

I had them press hard with the crayons, because a nice thick waxy line will resist watercolor. (Which is step two to our portrait making process.)

“Take my picture, too, Mom!”

After their outlines were finished, it was time to fill in with watercolor paints.

They both did a great job selecting colors true to their monsters.

Monkey really struggles with drawing pictures that look like what it is supposed to. I thought having the actual sculpted object in front of him would help. Maybe?? Abstract art is certainly more his strength!

I was extremely surprised by Bruiser though. His drawing has improved greatly!

And that green triangle monster on the end? What a masterpiece!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2012 7:55 am

    This is a cute project.

    Question, your one who struggles to draw well, can he do puzzles at age level? Why I ask is my oldest has a severe eye issue, and I never knew. She probably needed glasses since birth but we didn’t get them until she was four and as soon as we did, her penmanship, puzzle doing skills, and drawing took off. Made me wonder how many little ones need glasses only their parents have no clue because they are so good at compensating and the “state” doesn’t require any eye exams until age 5. She could do everything she was supposed to do, it wasn’t until she started getting headaches playing Leapster that I got a clue.

    • March 2, 2012 11:07 am

      He is quite good at puzzles and writing isn’t a problem either. He really just doesn’t like coloring much.

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