I visited my nieces and nephew over Thanksgiving, a real treat since I don’t get to see them very often. Usually I read them a bedtime story over Skype once a week. So when I visited, I asked them to tell me stories. And boy did they! A fractured fairytale about Rapunzel and a story about a fearless princess kicking a three-headed dragon kept me on the edge of my seat.
Then on our last day together, we decided to make art. A few weeks ago on Skype, I was talking to them about a stuffed animal I had as a kid called a Wuzzle. Does anyone remember those? They were basically hybrids of two different animals, like a bear with butterfly wings. So that got us thinking. What if these animals really existed? What would they look like? Only one way to find out! Time to draw. Here is what we created.
Frog Owl and Owl Frog with a little “help” from my nearly 2-year-old niece Charlotte 🙂
Lion Dragon breathing fire created by my 6-year-old nephew Joey
Monkey Horse created by my 8-year-old niece Allie
Devil Mummy created by Joey
Then we decided, why limit ourselves to animals? What else can we mash up? How about fruits? Don’t mind if we do! Sounds tasty 😉
*See the fruit Joey created pictured above in his Lion Dragon picture.
Orange Apple created by Allie
Then Allie decided to get all serious and artsy by creating a very sophisticated bowl of fruit complete with shadow. Why? Because she’s a seriously talented artist 🙂 They both are! I’m just honored I got to spend an afternoon creating with them. What will they think of next?????
Bowl of Fruit created by Allie
That’s all from the mashup gallery for now. But just for fun, try creating some of your own. If you need help, just ask a kid. They’ll get you started 🙂