And one of the projects we have been doing was suggested by one of the best art teachers I know, a dear friend from my time in New Mexico. She said to let them take a bunch of stuffed animals apart and then put them back together as a new species. It has been brilliant! Everyone has had so much fun. And you just can't mess them up because there is no right or wrong way to make one. I call them "Frankenstuffies" and it turns out they are my new favorite thing to make. I have made one with every class and then made several on my own as gifts. My son thinks they are super creepy. I fall in love with every new one!
I've got one half finished in my studio and two bags of stuffed animal parts in the basement. It can be a little brutal.