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posted: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

Melanie Lopes signs the poster made from her sketch (pictured in the inset)

Making a monster 

Tinc Road third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders recently helped make a monster with award winning illustrator Dave DeVries.

Mr. DeVries, a teacher and artist who has worked with D.C. and Marvel comics, brings children’s art to life by taking monster sketches they have done and rendering them in stunning realism.

The interactive process, which Mr. DeVries calls “The Monster Engine,” began at Tinc Road with students submitting sketches for consideration. He selected one by fourth-grader Melanie Lopes and, on the day of the presentation, translated it to a vibrant and detailed full-size work of art with the help of students. Mr. DeVries guided student volunteers who each created one particular detail on the final piece.

There was an incredible level of excitement in the cafeteria during the presentation. Mr. DeVries generates energy not only from his high enthusiasm and the way he expands on the imagination of children, but also from his technique. Mr. DeVries uses all the tricks of the artist’s trade in his Monster Engine demonstrations, including painter’s tape, toothbrushes, and even his hands – something that excited the students even more.

“He made kids look outside the box,” said Andrea Shore, who coordinated Mr. DeVries visit. “He showed them art doesn’t have to be done with a paintbrush or a marker. It can be done with anything.”

Mr. DeVries, whose son Aiden is a third-grader here at Tinc Road, has two websites where you can see more of his work: http://www.themonsterengine.com and http://www.daveDeVries.com.

Also, check out this CBS video on him and The Monster Engine process at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGtECQPJgPE&feature=youtu.be



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