Monday, April 26, 2010

Marvelous Monsters

As a visiting artist, my challenge was to come up with a 3D project for first graders using felt. The students at Peter Woodbury School loved making these soft sculpture monsters!

First, we talked about images of monsters in art history, mythology, and popular culture, exploring ideas about the creation of monsters and monster personalities.

Next, students cut out the front and back shapes and glued arms, legs, antennae, horns, etc. to the inside of their shape "sandwich."

Facial features were glued on to the front.

Pom-poms, rick-rack, fabric scraps, and yarn were available for fun details.

Parent helpers hot glued the front and back shapes together like a pocket with an opening. The children then stuffed them with a polyester filling. Hot glue was used again to close the shapes.

Do the clothes make the monster?
Many of the monsters bore an interesting relationship to their creator's attire.

Here are a few more monsters just for fun.