Two art students at Western Hills High School produce their Halloween interpretation of “Monster.”
Monster Project: For High School Level Students
Create a Monster Kirstein
Objective: Design a symbolic portrait of a “monster,” using symbols to convey the monster’s inner and outer personality, affinities and tendencies. You can use collage, pencil, colored pencil, marker or paint, and you must cover your whole sheet of paper with an environment for the monster.
Your monster does not have to be realistic or look like a person, but it must include:
- A monster figure, whether drawn, painted, or created with glued collage magazine pieces.
2) Use entire sheet of paper.
3) Use proportion to create a sense of the unusual and to create emphasis and balance. Create variety and harmony through the use of color, shape and value.
4) Monster needs to convery personality and the environment needs to surround it with symbols pertaining to the likes and dislikes of this monster you have created.
How to proceed:
Step 1: Draw your monster on a piece of 12” x 18” white paper to formulate and brainstorm your design. On this paper, decide how the main figure will look, and how you will arrange the objects in your drawing.
Step two: Draw main figure and symbols with pencil.
Step three: Use prisma colored pencils or regular colored pencils for the color. You may also use tempra paint, water color or magic marker. Magazine collage is also encouraged. You may also glue in words that relate to the monster.
Scale I: Focus
Student followed directions/classroom rules
Student made effort to meet objectives and goals
Work completed on time
Scale II: Craftsmanship/Technique
Craftsmanship is aptitude, skill, manual dexterity in use of media and tools.
Technique is manner and skill with which the artist employs the tools/materials to
achieve the chosen effect.
Skillful use of media
Care taken with project
Work area cleaned daily
Media used with correct technique
Technical skill in the use of media
Visual detail (neatness)
Appropriate use of supplies and materials
Skillful and appropriate use of materials
4 Assignment on time; meets or exceeds all criteria.
3 Assignment on time with one criterion missing.
2 Assignment on time but has two criteria missing.
- Assignment late or has three or four criteria missing.
- Assignment late or has inappropriate solution to the problem, incomplete