Monster Week


Celebrating the fun of Make Believe... and wonderful books!

Where the Wild Things Are...

We started with the book, Where the Wild Things Are, to learn about how one author imagined monsters.  From there, we went on to compare and contrast various depictions of monsters throughout some of our favorite children’s books. Mercer Mayer monsters were a favorite.

Monsters can be portrayed as big, scary, mean, strong, scary and loud at times, but they can also be sweet, silly tricksters, or timid and apologetic. We came up with an entire list of monster character traits, as well as a descriptive chart of the endless variety of their appearances.

By the time we drew our monsters, the kids had a pretty good idea of how they wanted their monster to look.

The new art technique introduced with the monster art piece was chalk. First, the kids did a pencil sketch. They finalized their lines with permanent marker and added details. The chalk technique they used on this was to use the side of the chalk to fill in their monster, and then to use a Kleenex to lightly smear the chalk around in each area, brushing loose the excess chalk at the same time. The blending gives the piece a soft focus. Once finished, pieces should be sprayed with inexpensive hairspray, or some other fixative, to keep the chalk from rubbing of onto things.

The reason I use chalk is simply to allow the class to try it. Many of them have used sidewalk chalk but never pastels on paper. This allows them to compare blending chalk (which is difficult to contain and to control colors with (they often end up with rather ugly browns if they over blend) to blending crayon, colored pencil, and watercolor - all of which they use frequently.