In 2015, The Monster Project gave one group of lucky children the chance to bring their dreamy drawings of monsters to life. Now, one year later, the make-believe beasts are back, thanks to talented artists, imaginative children, and a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Monster Project is an inventive initiative that invites artists from around the world to recreate elementary school students’ monster-themed masterpieces. With little limitation and ample artistic freedom, the children design, draw, and color creatures from their wildest dreams. The finished compositions are then sent to artists—including painters, illustrators, designers, animators, and even sculptors—around the world, who recreate them in their respective mediums of choice. The Monster Project volunteer team then returns the completed copies to the budding artists, who get to take the wondrous works of art home.
In addition to revitalizing the arts in education—a main mission of the ongoing project—the program also aims to promote individuality, encourage creativity, and legitimize each child’s artistic talent. “By collaborating with the students and finding inspiration from their imaginings, we hope to help them recognize the value of their ideas and make them feel excited about the potential of their own minds,” The Monster Project’s website states. “Creativity comes in many forms, and we hope to encourage their exploration of their own unique perceptions of the world we share. And, while we're at it, we want to introduce to them the notion of art as a legitimate career path.”
If you think your school or organization should be The Monster Project’s next stop, you can apply through its website.
All images via The Monster Project.