Monday, July 18, 2011

Jazz in July Monster Factory

I had the honor of running a booth during a Jazz in July event here in Des Moines hosted by our neighborhood association and Metro Arts. The idea was to provide an activity for the children who might not otherwise be into old-timey big band jazz.

My first customer!
Some of you might recognize the template as being Slim, one of my Little Monsters. It was for this specific event that I made Slim, with the idea of having a very simple monster to color, and then build. The hardest part was cutting out all the templates the night before as I didn't think introducing a knife into the mix would be a very good idea.

A family of monsters.

So I "borrowed" all of my children's crayons, set up a table and waited for the little monster makers to arrive. Instead of glue, I decided the best route would be some double stick tape. Once a template was done, I helped them to roll it and tape it, flipped the feet up, and then added the arms. Voila! Monster making at its best.

Their monsters were brother and sister too.

One of the cooler aspects of this project, was instructing the children that there was no wrong way to make a monster. Five eyes, one, upside down. Add slime, whatever. "Have fun." was the only rule.

Taking me up on the challenge that there's no wrong way! Love the half smile.

If I had to pick a favorite, it'd be this Picasso-esque piece of awesome!

She spent a lot of time on it, making sure every detail was perfect.

Another fave.

Another aspect I thoroughly enjoyed was watching the template transform from blank piece of paper to a finished monster, standing on its own. The transformation on the faces of the participants was pretty cool too!

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