100 Series Youth Project Ideas


“Wild Thing” Watercolor Monster


Project Idea: Easel Paper

Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are is a great introduction to this project. Check it out and get your creative juices flowing.

  1. Use a 14" x 17" sheet of Strathmore® Easel paper so you can create generous shapes that are really vivid when you paint them.
  2. Use a pencil to mark the center of the paper, then draw a circle from that which fills the top half of the paper. You will be drawing a monster of your own creation, but it must have a large head like those shown in the Sendak book.
  3. Draw a body under the head. Then add legs and arms along with a silly face.
  4. Add details such as clothing lines and patterns for the clothing.
  5. Trace all the pencil lines with a permanent black marker.
  6. Use watercolor paint to fill in all the shapes you have drawn, including the background.

Materials Needed:

• easel paper
• pencil
• permanent black marker
• watercolor paint
• paint brush

Age Range:

5 and up

Project Time:

1 hour

Artwork by:
Mila – Grade 1

100 series Easel Pad

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