LONG ISLAND MONSTERS



Good evening. How are you? I hope that fall is treating you well where you are.

If you happen to be in the Greater L.A. are, please come see me at Table 6 at the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank. I'll have the Big Guy with me, and lots of books, posters, cards, and buttons.

Now, to business! This is another desperately overdue post.Back in February (in FEBRUARY, for crying out loud!) I received an e-mail from one Ken Maier. Mr. Maier is an art teacher on Long Island, New York, who created lessons for his class based on the Daily Monsters. He did a few trial runs to work out the kinks, but now has it down to a science and he tells me that the kids love it.

Let me turn it over to Ken:

I have designed the lesson for 3rd graders but have completed it with 4th graders and also students with autism ages ranging from 11-14, all with great success. I start by talking to the students about "mistakes," and how as artist we can turn our mistakes into art. I talk about you, the book, and your process. Aside from using canned air, we do it the same way that you do. (We use straws and blow, making sure no one passes out from blowing too hard!)

I make a point of showing my students how you spin the ink splat around to find where the monster is on the page before you start drawing. The amount of excitement and creativity that comes out once they start blowing the ink around the page is amazing! I'm surprised every time I do this. Many students give their monsters names, pets, environments, and more.

Most of all it's great to be able to talk with my students about an artist that is still alive! Most of the time the artists we discuss are ancient, and its hard for my students to relate. I've also let them know that I would be showing their monsters to you.  Here are the photographs.  

Isn't that the best? I hope that Mr. Maier's class at Minnesauke Elementary School will forgive me for being so completely late on posting their excellent drawings. Thank you for making such brilliant monsters, and taking the time to send me pictures. I apologize that it's taken me so long to give them the spotlight.

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Let me give the proper credit:
3rd Grade, Minnesauke Elementary School
Three Village Central School District, Setauket, NY
Teacher: Phyllis Pastore (Mr. Maier was visiting)

My thanks again to Mr. Maier for making the Daily Monsters into an excellent class! I'm glad everybody obviously had a great time blowing ink and making creatures! Even with all kinds of delay, there can be absolutely no doubt at all that 344 LOVES YOU

13 Comments

  • 17 November 2009 11:00 pm

    ourale que shido este experimento

  • 17 November 2009 11:34 pm

    Re: TypePad: [THE DAILY MONSTER] charlee submitted a comment on "LONG ISLAND MONSTERS"
    I don’t quite understand your language, I’m afraid. But thank you for commenting, Charlee.

  • 18 November 2009 12:15 am

    Most truly wild and excellent!

  • 18 November 2009 6:25 am

    I’m so happy to see that a teacher has taken your stuff and used it in the classroom! I’ve thought this was a good idea ever since my kids used to wait breathlessly every morning for me to “turn on” the Daily Monster site to see what was new.

  • 18 November 2009 7:31 am

    You realize, of course, that these kids are now in FOURTH grade……*L*
    At least you didn’t wait til HS graduation to post it.
    What a great class that must be for the kids.

  • 18 November 2009 9:08 am

    Stefan, if you ever visit LI we’ll meet at a coffee house out here for a reunion. I’ll bring the dog again too 😉

  • 18 November 2009 9:48 am

    It’s great, isn’t it? I’ve heard from (and posted about) quite a few teachers who are using the creatures, but this is such a fine example that I had to show you the photos.

  • 18 November 2009 9:51 am

    Hello Laird. Ah, I miss doing the Monsters every day. I wish I didn’t have to stop — that I’d have time to draw them that way AND figure out new things for them at the same time. For now, I’m really happy, too, that the kids are picking up the slack for me. :^)

  • 18 November 2009 9:53 am

    Hi Annie. Yes, I realized as I was posting this that the kids will probably groan that they did those A YEAR AGO when they were little BABIES. One year makes a huge difference when you’re going from 8 to 9 years old. I do hope they still like seeing their art on the site.

  • 18 November 2009 9:57 am

    It’s only a matter of time, Joe. I’m glad you’re still checking in. :^)

  • 18 November 2009 1:58 pm

    Fabulous to see your work in translation–the energy of your work DOES inspire–as you know. I love that the generational inspiration (not only age-wise, but iteration wise) is truly remarkable. Thank you for being you and GOOOO, Mr. Maier!

  • 22 December 2009 8:54 am

    Whoa…. i hope i was on that classroom…. 😀
    Really fun and cool…

  • 22 December 2009 11:52 am

    You and me both, roovie. Cool, isn’t it?

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