Mythical animals may also have been intended to explain natural
events that were unexplainable at that time in history. Pegasus,
the winged horse of Greek mythology, was said to create wells and
fountains by striking the ground with his hoof.
Other myths taught valuable lessons about how to live one's life.
The Griffin. the creature with the body of a lion and the head of
an eagle, is fabled to inhabit places where gold and precious stones
are found. Those who sought out these treasures would be torn to
pieces by the Griffin to punish their greed.
Name a mythical beast. Why was this beast
created? What purpose did the beast serve? What special powers did
the beast have?
Look at Tanguy's work. What do you think the painting is about?
What feeling does it arouse in you? Why is this painting an example
Draw a mythical beast on a 12 x 18-inch white paper. Include several
different animal parts. Add human or machine parts, or create an
animal purely from your imagination. Include lots of detail. Show
texture. Fur would be drawn differently than feathers. You may want
to look at photos of real animals to help develop realistic quality
in your drawing. Add background that would establish the habitat
of your creature. Show perspective by
overlapping things. Use colored pencils to complete your drawing.
Use value and shading techniques by combining colors and applying
different pressures. Give a title to your artwork.
Wrenshall H.S. mythical animal
examples--(clockwise) Peacock, Gremlin, Griffin
Use paints, pastels or clay.
Read stories from Greek mythology. Write your own myth to go along
with your drawing. Will your story teach a lesson or explain something
unexplainable? Next, act out your story. Make it into a play. Ask
others to play the parts of different characters. Make a video of
collection of stories belonging to a group of people that address
their origin, history, and heroes.
in art and literature from 1924 to 1945 where artists attempted
to give visual representation to dreams, fantasies, and the unconscious
mind. Emphasized real objects in unreal situations, surprise, contradiction
variety of techniques used to create the illusion of three-dimensional
space on a flat surface by mimicking the effects of distance on
human perception. Perspective shows depth and make objects appear
three-dimensional on a two-dimensional surface.