“Wild Thing” Watercolor Monster

Wild ThingMaurice Sendak’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” is a natural intro to this project.
1. I recommend using large (15″ x 22″) watercolor paper as it helps the students make generous shapes that are really vivid when later painted. Drawing paper will look pale and curl up – trust me I found out the hard way! Have the students mark with a pencil the center of the paper, and then draw a circle from that which fills the top half of the paper. Explain that the students will be drawing a monster of their creation, but it must have a large head like those shown in the Sendak book.

2. Next, they should draw a body under the head. Legs and arms are to be added, along with a silly face. Lastly, details such as clothing lines and circles are drawn. Give each student a permanent black marker and ask them to trace all the pencil lines.

3. Distribute watercolor paint that is made from tablets that have been dissolved in spill-proof cups. Ask the students to paint in all the shapes they have drawn, including the background. This monster was created by a 1st grader.

5 Responses

  1. dougtharp

    What kind of watercolor paper do you purchase for your students? I’ve only found 12 sheets for 9.98!

  2. Kathy Barbro

    The watercolors are just dissolved Crayola tablets popped out of their plastic trays. About 2 tablets per cup of water makes a nice, rich color.

  3. kristen

    I just did this with my kids and they loved it!! Thanks for such a great idea!!!

  4. Jenny

    A great idea! Can you recommend a brand of watercolors for young children (preschool and up)? I love the rich colors in the example.

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