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.

BOO!!!

16 comments:

Melissa Kojima said...

Oh my! How fun! Looks like a successful workshop!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and all the wonderful compliments.

Pencil Pocket said...

Soo creative. I'm loving this workshop!

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Gina said...

Those are soo coool!!

Eric Barclay said...

Awesome project!

yoon see said...

So creative, I love!
Thanks for staying with me always, I love all your sharing, you have a great mission here!

Desiree Cassidy said...

What a fun and creative project... now i want to make one!

Alina Chau said...

These are real COOOL!!!

Ben Clanton said...

These are all so darling! What fun!

love is colder than death said...

is your dog really a pancake???

Jennifer Levan Vandersteen said...

I have shared this blog post with my dear friend who is teaching after school art to kids. Love the project and the finished pieces are so lively and creative!

Ben Clanton said...

Awesome! What fun! I'll have to do an activity like this with the kids at my school.

Lauren Scheuer said...

Woah, Ann Marie -- I just discovered your blog after you left a little message on ScratchandPeck -- These children are so fortunate to have you for a teacher. It's clear that you give them just the right kind of guidance and confidence to really run wild with their artwork.
I'm following you!!

Sherry Rogers said...

Wow these are so much Fun! What a wonderful project!! Love it!

Guto Respi said...

uow!!! good good good good!!

Linda Hensley said...

What fun! It looks like a wonderful day for everyone. You've just got to love kid art :)