The monster project: embracing children’s creative potential

It must be horrible that many children don’t have the opportunity for creative exploration due to the decreasing emphasis on arts in schools. A group of UNT communication design grads want to change this sad trend by finding The Monster Project.

This undertaking comprises elementary students on one hand and more than 100 passionate artists (illustrators, designers, watercolorists, metalworkers, etc.) on the other. Both sides work toward a common goal: to help children recognise the power of their own imagination and to encourage them to pursue their creative potential.

Every monster the elementary students draw is brought to life one more time in the artistic style of the respective artist participant. Then the artists deliver the new renditions back to the students in person. In this two-way communication, the children are able to see how their ideas inspire others, and the artists are able to gain a rare glimpse into the fantastical, bizarre and unobstructed thoughts of the children.

Take a look at some of our favourites, and if you haven’t had enough, head straight here for at least 100 or more monsters glaring back at you!

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