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Strange Creatures with Meshell Melvin

Meshell Melvin • Mixed Mediums

This project begins with a cooperative drawing game called “the exquisite corpse” or (for elementary students) “ the strange creature”. In this game, students begin the drawing with a head (of anything) then fold the paper over and pass it along. From 3 hidden parts; head, torso and legs, a strange creature emerges. These drawings become the sketches for the mixed media process, which follows. Using the techniques and materials of drawing, painting and collage, the figures are assembled onto 3 small panels, which are strung together in the end to join the parts together.

Grade Suitability2-12
Maximum Class Size25
Time Required3-4 hours ( + 30 minutes to 1 hour prep time)
Material RequiredIf materials are not on hand, artist can supply
Material CostMaterials can be supplied at cost
Language of InstructionEnglish
Special NotesExtra prep time may be required by the artist or teacher to prepare the panels and gather materials

Meshell Melvin

From her beginnings in southern Ontario to the Yukon home she chose, Meshell Melvin has a professional practice that spans 30 years, and has exhibited widely. Her work hangs in public and private collections, and has been featured in print, radio, television and film. Her images reflect an interest and curiosity in the world around her; the people, the homes they live in, and the surrounding landscape. She has a passion and commitment to art education that parallels her devotion to her practice and makes her a lively and stimulating instructor. An artist in the schools for almost 20 years, she is versatile in a number of mediums and her tickle trunk is full of projects.

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