This is a fun and creative lesson my student teacher taught to my Grade 8 and 9 classes.
It is inspired by the 'daily monsters' created by artist Stefan G. Bucher.
You basically take black ink, apply a blob (with a paintbrush) to a sheet of cardstock and blow it into a pattern with a straw. Then you turn that 'shape' into a little creature or monster, using fine tip black permanent markers and colored markers for details. You can also include a background or setting for your creature, which some of my students did as you will see below.
This project is also great because it uses such simple supplies:
black ink (we used India ink), fine tip black markers, coloured markers, straws, cardstock (or any smooth paper). I buy my straws at the Dollar Store and cut them in half as well. (yes, I'm thrifty!)
Note: the India ink smelled pretty strong in our room so I would recommend opening windows for this one if you have them ----I don't :(
Blowing the ink into shapes- some students made very conscious decisions as to where
they wanted the ink to go- others just went for it.
Finished shape- let dry a bit (doesn't take too long).
Add details with markers to make it look like a creature.
Grade 9 finished creatures.