Saturday, October 22, 2011

9 Step Sequential Monsters

Donita's use of vibrant colors really turn up the volume in this series of prints that show the development of her scary mermaid-inspired monster.  The background lines are simple and effective because of the sense of movement and repetition they create.
Adryannah created a monster that looks like it is dancing across the paper!  This picture is more whimsical and fun than  scary.  It is easy to follow the sequence as the monster moves from being a giant eyeball to becoming an animated creature who loves to dance!
Ethan M. added an amazing amount of detail to his sequence.  The eyes are especially life-like and his use of pencil shading to create highlights and shadows adds to the illusion of form and roundness of the monster.  Beautiful and creative work!
Daniel R. made it very easy for the viewer to follow the none steps he used to create his monster.  The wavy diagonal road works very well to guide the viewer's eyes through the work.  Check out the face that's appeared on the monster's belly in print #9!  I wonder if that monster could've been "born" if Daniel had three or more prints added to this sequence!
Emma L made a monster that started as a pot, then a stem, then a flower on top of the stem and before you know it she had a monster wearing a shirt with a big red heart on it!  I especially like her use of two types of sharpie markers on her background to add visual interest.
We joked that Kate's monster looked like a slice of baked ham!   This ham isn't fit for eating; in fact, I bet she would take a bite out of you before you could get a bite of your sandwich!  Oh, the bow in the last image makes her look less vicious, don't you agree?
After all of the prints were colored, they were cut out and arranged  in a composition to help the viewer follow the movement between the prints.  Students were asked to lead the viewer's eye from print #1 to the completion of the monster in print #9.  Here we see Lisa designing her background with a variety of straight lines placed in diagonal and horizontal directions.  She is using a metallic sharpie marker to create contrast with the black paper.
Nathan finishes coloring his series of nine prints.  Notice how he started with one simple print for his first one, then added details, like arms, extra heads, etc. as each image became more complete so that by image # 9 his monster was shown in its final form!
Vanessa colors her last rubbing with colored pencils.  You can see the "printing plate" that she constructed from oaktag paper.  Each layer of detail prints because it is in relief, meaning each part is raised up so that the crayon can make a black line when it is rubbed over the printing plate.
Students  here are using  frottage to make a series of nine crayon rubbings. Frottage is a French term for an art technique  where an image is made by "rubbing" to create a print.  Another word for this type of work is called a "collograph print." All of the images for this lesson were made with a peeled black crayon. I enjoy using this method with my students because it is inexpensive, fun and produces a sophisticated, highly textured final product.  I would love to hear what you think about my lesson!

2 comments:

Runde's Room said...

These little monsters are FANTASTIC!!! I bet my "little monsters" would LOVE making them. ;)

Jen
Runde's Room

Anonymous said...

this is so cool!