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Summer 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 19 description with the class and asks them to visualize what the creature looks like. What Makes a Monster? After this exercise, I ask students: "Why are we talking about monsters?" "What is a monster?" "Why have people created monsters in the past?" "Why do people tell stories and tall tales about monsters and mythical creatures?" After this conversation, I inform students that they will create their own monsters. Not just any mon - sters, though; I want my students' mon- sters to tell a story and serve a purpose. Monster Criteria I require students to give their mon- sters a purpose and physical charac- teristics that support their purpose. For example, one student made a huge fishlike creature with a built-in net hanging from its belly and its purpose was to remove trash from the ocean floor. Monsters also must be at least 16" (40.5 cm) wide or tall, possess embellishments, and have a story. The monsters can be painted instead of using tissue paper to add color. Writing a Narrative After students have completed their monsters, they write a narrative about them. On the last day of this lesson, stu- dents share their monsters and their monster's story. Students take turns sharing their awesome creatures with the class. This engaging lesson is a wonderful way to highlight the con- nections between the visual arts and storytelling. Kimberly Lopez is an art teacher at Exeter Township Junior High in Reading, Penn- sylvania. kim4art@ aol.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K S Dave DeVries: www.davedevries.com/ comic.html Dan Reeder: gourmetpapermache.com How to Make a Monster 1. Create the bod f the monster. Ball up and crumple newspaper, making sure it is compact. Use masking tape to hold it together and cr 2. Create appendages such as arms, legs, tails, etc. Again, ball up newspaper and use masking tape. Do not just roll the newspaper; make sur . 3. Create smaller details such a s f eet, hands, claws, etc. To create claws, wrap and tape small pieces of newspaper around wire, then attach it to a newspaper ball. 4. Attach appendages to the bod . Use armature wire and masking tape. Wrap the wire around each appendage and then tape the wir . 5. Add an etails. Spikes, teeth, large ears, or wings can be added with foam board, or add them . (See #6.) Papier-Mâché 1. Befor ou papier-mâché, make sure t hat ever thing is secured to th e armature. 2. Get a long sheet of paper towel, a bout 8' (2 m). Fold this in half four times, and then cut it into strips. 3. Use papier-mâché paste (flour and wa ter) to glue strips on . Dip strips into fer ent directions. Make sure to smooth out eac h strip and cover the entire monster. night. 4 . A dd color and more embellishments. Glue on colored tissue paper with water-based var varnish, set tissue paper flat on top, nish on top. Details such as spots, stripes, etc., can be added with colored tis - sue paper. 5. Let it dr vernight. 6. Create teeth, claws, spikes, etc. out of self-dr ing cla . Hot-glue them to the monster once the varnish has dried. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 19

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