These wonderful creatures were inspired by the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Second graders combined animal parts to design their own Wild Thing. They started with a large head near the top of the page. A wide array of animal parts appeared in the classroom: beaks, feathers, horns, teeth, ears, manes, wings, legs, tails, and more. Patterns added interest to the bodies. Students painted directly on the paper to keep the work spontaneous. They were instructed to “dress up their mess up” and work unwanted lines into the painting. The next class was spent coloring inside the shapes with craypas. When done, the Wild Things were cut out and glued to a colored background.
June 22, 2011