The Monster Project is the undertaking of a passionate collection of artists who share a common goal: to help children recognize the power of their own imaginations and to encourage them to pursue their creative potential!
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How does it work?
We simply invite elementary students to draw monsters. Once their creations have taken shape, we bring them to life in our own artistic styles. Then, when we deliver these new interpretations back to the students in person, they are able to see what their idea sparked in others.
Check out the full Monster Gallery!
Why do we do that?
With a decreasing emphasis on arts in schools, many children don’t have the opportunity for creative exploration they deserve. That’s a monstrous trend we would like to destroy. As artists ourselves, we understand how important that initial creative exposure is and how it can truly alter the shape of a child's future.
By collaborating with the students and finding inspiration from their imaginings, we hope to help them recognize the value of their ideas and make them feel excited about the potential of their own minds. Creativity comes in many forms, and we hope to encourage their exploration of their own unique perceptions of the world we share. And, while we're at it, we want to introduce to them the notion of art as a legitimate career path.
The kids get SO excited when they receive their monsters. We can see them starting to see art in a whole new way! So let's leave them with something really awesome to make sure that creative spark keeps growing.
The book contains 40 magical pages full of monsters, drawing prompts, and other adventures, designed and illustrated by our incredibly talented professional Monster Project artists! With your help, we can give a full book to each kid involved in our project!
Plus, this book will help us share our love of monsters with kids and adults all over the world that we couldn't otherwise reach! What a great thing.
2. To Help Us Expand to More Schools
In the past, we've paid for anything we need out of pocket! That means we've only been able to work with 2 schools: 1 in Austin and 1 in Dallas, where we have the volunteers and resources we need. But it's time to take this show on the road! We'll start by adding a school in New York City! It's up to you folks how many other schools we'll have the funds to reach!
3. To Make Professional Prints for the Kids
We'll be able to pay a professional print shop to print the kids' monsters for them! Our artists spend so much time making incredible artworks–let's do them justice with beautiful prints that these kids can treasure forever.
4. To Start an Online Monster Project Store
We'll open an online store so we can keep funding the project beyond this Kickstarter! We'll start with t-shirts, stickers, and our monster activity books.
Stretch Goals (if we exceed our goal!):
LOOK! A BRAND NEW AWARD!
3D Printed Monster
A delightful 4" tall monster figurine, designed by Monster Project artist Jake Longoria! He's chock full of personality and is the perfect addition to your favorite shelf, nook, or cranny. Give him as a gift! Take him to work and show him off! Stick him in your kid's lunch box and see what happens! There's no end to the fun-having with this little dude.
Friend of Monsters
Exclusive updates, a first look at new monsters, and special content from our talented artists right into your inbox! No spam, just monsters!
***This reward is FREE if you share this Kickstarter on social media! Just send a screenshot of your post to GoMonsterProject@Gmail.Com
Monster Activity Book
40 magical pages full of monsters, drawing prompts, and other adventures designed to spark creative thinking! Featuring some of your favorite creatures from our Monster Project gallery, ready to be colored and reimagined. Plus plenty of new content created by our incredibly talented Monster Project artists with your little monsters in mind! There's no reason you adults can't have fun with this, too!
If you want to save some change, you can try our Monster Activity Book sampler–a digital download of 6 of our favorite pages. You can always buy the full thing later from our online store!
***While we can't ship internationally, we're offering a full digital download of the book for our friends outside the USA.
***Final cover art is still pending
A sheet of 6 monster eye stickers, a Monster Project logo sticker, and a die cut monster sticker for ultimate fun-having.
***Die cut monster sticker art still being finalized
A t-shirt sporting the super fun Monster Project logo. Support your favorite monsters while making all of your friends jealous.
Follow along as one of our professional Monster Project artists takes you through the process of making their monster, from start to finish.
Limited Edition Screen Print
Share our Kickstarter with your friends and tell as many people as you can about the project! It's not just about meeting our funding goal (although we really hope we do!). The more people we have standing behind art education for kids, the better off we'll all be.
Risks and challenges
We'll do our very best to make sure everything goes smoothly after the Kickstarter is over! We've been planning this for months, so we've got a good handle on how to get everything done properly in the time we've allotted. Plus, we've chosen vendors that we trust to get it all done right.
However, if the production of any of your rewards do fall behind for some reason, we'll be sure to give you plenty of notice and keep you apprised of the situation! We'll hustle to get you your stuff because it's the best way to show how much we appreciate your support. And we appreciate it a LOT.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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