In this session, students worked in clay to create their own 'wild things.' I chose clay as a medium as its robust physicality lends itself well to the creation of a personalised beastly creature.
We started the session with the book, taking some time to read through it and enjoy the pictures. Most students had come across the book before, but they gained a different appreciation of it through re-reading.
After reading through the book as a group, and discussing the themes of the story and the images, I introduced the artistic concept of anthropomophism. Students then considered where else they'd seen the combination of the animal and the human. We made links to the fantastical paintings of Heironymus Bosch and the soft sculptures of Claes Oldenburg.