February 5, 2019

Monochromatic Mythical Monsters

From Greek mythology, the Phoenix obtains new life by rising from the ashes of it's predecessor.

For this project, kids began by researching a monster from mythos. They had to choose a mythological creature and learn it's origin and traits (which often included who it defeated, where it lived, or how it met it's demise). There were a LOT of library books available about mythical beasts, which we supplemented with online research when necessary. After about half an hour of research, they shared some facts about their selection with the class.

The Kraken is a legendary cephalopod who could destroy ships off the coast of Norway.
They made small sketches of their monster in their sketchbook, and scaled them up to 18x24" on railboard. When they were ready to paint, I threw the kids a curve ball - they were only allowed ONE color! After seeing some freaked out faces, I told them they'd be able to create tints, tones, and shades of that color by using black and white as well. A quick demo and they were set to paint.

Medusa (from Greek mythology) is a human female with living, venomous snakes for hair. 
After initial apprehension, the kids figured out how many colors they could make using just three paints, and they got to business, creating these awesome monochromatic mythical monsters. 

The Roc is a Middle Eastern legendary predatory bird, strong enough to pick up an elephant.