SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2019

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18 SUMMER 2019 SchoolArts them to look at the photo as a group and write a description for an APB (all-points bulletin). Before I ask them to turn the photo over, I lead a class discussion about what makes a good description. After the descriptions are complete, each group shares their T hroughout time and across cul- tures, humans have created sto- ries about monsters and mythical creatures to help them cope with things they fear or can't explain. This lesson focuses on the naturally cor - related connections between the visual arts and storytelling. The writing com - ponent of this lesson in which students create their own papier-mâché monsters or mythical creatures fits nicely with my school district's initiative of writing across the curriculum. Investigating Monsters Taking their seats, students find a monster photo facedown at their table. I put a different image on each table. I like to use images from contemporary artists such as Dave DeVries and Dan Reeder. DeVries is inspired by chil - dren's drawings of monsters. Reeder has written books and made videos on creating papier-mâché monsters. I announce to students in a serious tone that the photo on their table is someone who has gone missing. I ask Kimberly Lopez I want m tudents' monsters to tell a stor and serve a purpose. Previous page: Reagan Juhasz, grade eight. Below: Savannah Mosteller, grade eight. Next page: A papier-mâché winged monster hybrid.

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