Over the summer, Mrs. Dovas, Mrs. Fine-Mihalko, and I planned for this collaborative project. It is based on the book, The Monster Engine. The Monster Engine has grown into an internet phenomenon.
About The Monster Engine http://www.themonsterengine.com/
It is a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition. The premise for all three came from one single question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically? It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where Dave DeVries' niece Jessica often filled his sketchbook with doodles. While he stared at them, he wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, he made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn't he apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing?
The above text is quoted from The Monster Engine Website.
In the beginning of the year, B.A. Kindergarten artists view drawings from the book and drew their own monsters.
Each 8th grader in Mrs. Dovas' classes and each 6th grader in Mrs. Fine-Mihalko's classes received a copy of the B.A. Kindergarten monsters. They observed the drawings and created clay sculptures in their likeness.
This collaboration is allowing artists in our district to be inspired by each other and gain an appreciation for the talents they start to hone in the beginning of elementary school art classes through middle school.
Video soon to follow featuring the sculptures created by Mrs. Fine-Mihalko's students! See all of the drawings and sculptures in our Artsonia galleries!