Global artists recreate monsters thought up by children

The Monster Project facilitates art with children by reimagining their monsters.

Around five years ago, a group of artists came together under a common goal - to inspire creativity among kids by showing them what their ideas can inspire in others. To complete their mission, Katie Johnson founded the Monster Project, an initiative that calls on school children to draw their own monsters and see their creations reimagined by artists, graphic designers and illustrators from all over the world.  

“With a decreasing emphasis on arts in schools, many children don’t have the opportunity for creative exploration they deserve. That’s a monstrous trend we would like to destroy. As artists ourselves, we understand how important that initial creative exposure is and how it can truly alter the shape of a child's future,” wrote the collective in their Kickstarter campaign.

Due to financial constraints, the group were only able to offer their artistic services to two schools in the United States, but thanks to a successful campaign, the group hopes to expand to more schools. It also plans to offer children a monster activity book and printed t-shirts to further facilitate the children’s creativity.

Here’s a selection of various monsters born from the minds of project’s participants:

Art by Marija Tiurina
Art by AJ Jefferies
Art By Muti
Art by Elisa Ferro
Art by Milan Vasek
Art by Marie Bergeron
Art by Julian Glander
Art by Muti
Art by Marijke Buurlage
Art by Patrick Evrard
Art by Mayan Engelman