Anthromporphism – The showing or treating of animals, gods, and objects as if they are human in appearance, character, or behaviour.
In this project the students began by making their own canvas board from scratch (see photos for how to do this). Students chose an animal they liked (I had photographer Brigitta Scholz-Mastroianni lend me some fabulous photos of pets that she had taken), some children brought in their own pictures or used libary books for reference.
The students had to think about their animal’s character, the shape of the human body that would suit it, what setting/era and what sort of clothes it would wear? The children researched their ideas and when ready, they drew their anthromorphic character in pencil on paper as a practice (some chose to paint theirs too).
When they were happy with their idea, they drew their character onto the canvas board and painted it using acrylic paint.
The paintnings went on display around the school and looked amazing. I only got few photos because without thinking, I handed the paintings back to the children at the end of term and later realised I didn’t have many photos of the finished work. I’m hoping that some children will bring the paintings back in September, I can then take a few more pics and add them on here.