Paper maché literally takes over the art room for a semester whenever our monsters "visit." Working on his or her own individual monster for an entire semester, each student uses 12 coat hangers plus newspaper to form their shapes. Once the shapes are achieved, we paper maché. After a layer of maché, we cover all with plaster gauze and shape the features of the head. Each student is required to add something unique to their work...maybe wings, antennae, tail, etc. Celluclay forms the teeth and eyes. Monsters are spray-painted and detail is added in tempera. Drool is provided with a glue gun and hot glue.
As a group of 30 students, we average 120 rolls of masking tape, 700 lbs. of flour, 40 lbs. of celluclay, $300 worth of plaster gauze, and lots and lots of R-O-O-M.
The finale is a written biography of each student's monster depicting the name, habitat, diet, family history, etc.
During drying periods, we view monster-making videos and learn how monsters are created, both by hands-on and by using computers for the movies.
The "beginning" - all quiet on the western front.
growing and growing...
taking on "personalities"
fully grown monsters
Bruce and his monster