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High School and 1st Grade Students Collaborate on the Monster Project

Monster Project

The Monster Project is a collaborative project between first graders at Barry and Virgil School and the New Media Students at the High School. The purpose of the Monster Project at the national level and the local level is to help children recognize the power of their imaginations and to encourage them to purse their creative potential.

“The Monster Project was started as a trend to make aware the systematic de-emphasis of art in public schools. Initial and continued creative exposure is so important to a child’s development” said Jesse Bender, Art Department co-chair.

For New Media students, this project gave them a glimpse into someone else's head. It allowed them to make their own creative decisions based on the first graders imaginative and unobstructed sometimes bizarre outlook! It also helped their skills in photoshop and gave them a taste of what it’s like to be a professional graphic concept artist.

New Media student, Amanda Parzynski said “I liked filling in the gaps and bringing the monster into my own reality, it was really challenging to visualize what they were trying to create.” Oliver Sherman agreed with Amanda and said, “I enjoyed adding my own twist onto the monsters, infusing my own style with theirs.”

Nate DeRado wants to meet the student that drew the monster he worked on. “I want to ask them a couple questions about what inspired them to come up with the monster that they did.”

The Monster project will continue in the 2019-2020 school year so stay tuned to our website next spring for our next round of Monsters! To find out more about the Monster Project visit




Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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