Middle School Studio Lesson
Li llain Southc
ott, grade eigh
Bella A men,
tudents at Paxon-Hollow Middle School love art. The art program here has long had a reputation for commitment to high
standards and hard work. Of the many
highly anticipated projects students
create, none is more popular, more
inspiring, or produces more amazing
results than the "Monsters in Action"
A monster in action is a creative,
three-dimensional study of a monster
with very human-like traits, in a position that conveys motion and emotion.
Students who participate in this project
experience a wide range of ideas and
notions—artistic, scientific, and affective—each of which is embodied in the
final work of art.
Studying Motion and Physiology
Studies on athletes, actors, and dancers
are presented and discussed. Students
do multiple anatomical studies in
which the natural motion and physiology of the body is discussed and investigated. Students look at, think about,
and execute formal studies on the positioning of the body in action poses and
certain emotional states. They are then
asked to imagine a character or person
posed in a particular emotional state
and to articulate this physical state in
drawings. These drawings guide the
construction of the monsters.