She chose to use a triangle as the body of her monster,
which goes together with the idea of anger...
straight harsh edges and also those three sharp points.
(Work in progress.)
Why not a metaphor? The whole "Monster" idea is huge. There are of course the evil monsters with a resume of destruction, fear and mayhem which we need not list here. We all know what they stand for in our culture. The movies, comics and books galore on all kinds of horror and evil they represent.
The thing is that now there are these cute "monsters" who make being a monster fun and personal and endearing. Playing with the ideas of the dark side in a "nicer" way.
The latest being "Monster University" which has students vying to take the MU's famous "Scarer Class" and become be the best "scarer" in the world.
and on the right is Marie's counter drawing of her hand.
We drew our hands as an opening worm-up activity.
Since the last few lessons had been on the "Four Season Tree" with the students following along in the process making the same work of art. Although there was freedom there as to the kind of tree, the colors used for each of the seasons and the scratching designs. Still, I felt I needed to give them a little more freedom of choice this time. Which monster to draw. The look of their monster relating to what it represented and also the medium they wished to use in coloring their character.
I am now investigating an art gallery we might like to visit. I hope to find something that would engage the students not only in art appreciation but also give them an understanding that art is a real option as to a career choice in their lives.
With Christmas coming up, I am seriously considering some kind of a competition for a Christmas card project. What if I made it a "commission" to create a work of art for a school's Christmas card? A card that would be used to send Christmas greetings to the parents, supporters and friends of the school.
I'm concerned about the competition aspect, as some students would not feel even worthy of entering such a project and not even engage. Possibly simply a 'complete the image' award for all and the actual choice would be up to the imagined customer. I could possibly make up a nice certificate/ribbon with some chocolate for each completed work. For this to work I would actually need to get going on it for it will take several classes to get it done right.
Let me know if you have any ideas on what might work best for such a project.