This is a two-page assignment sheet for creating a mythical creature. It features a chart to guide students through the idea process. The chart features four columns for students to mix and match one word or phrase from each column to lead them to the type of creature they will be creating. For example students could end up wtih: An Angry fire-breathing monkey-butterfly, or an Adorable wish-granting Doberman Machine, or a powerful sea-loving zebra woman. There is a great variety of possibilities for students to have their creativity guided. I find that sometimes students need help getting started with the idea process, and this style of assignment can be helpful to those students who seem to get stuck on what to make.
The assignment has been set up as an ink or pencil drawing assignment, but it could easily be made into an assignment for painting, sculpture, or another type of drawing assignment such as charcoal, pastel, or pencil crayons. This would be suitable for Junior high, or high school art up to grade 10 or 11. It would also be suitable for grades 5-6. This assignment could be associated with lessons on mythology, legends, folklore, storytelling, or the use of mythical creatures in modern art.
When teaching this assignment I would also include some lessons on using shading, shadows, and developing texture. Depending on how much time you want students to spend on it and how large of paper they are working on this project should take several days. Probably about 4-7 classes would be good, depending on how long your classes are, and the age of students you are working with.
A rubric is also included for marking, with a 5 point scale and three marking categories.