My younger students (ages 5-8) created these monster paintings as part of a unit on puppeteer Jim Henson. For inspiration we looked at Henson's drawings of various creatures (in particular his bird-like frackles) that were later used as inspiration for the Jim Henson's City Critters.
The city critter figurines
We started with a basic step by step guide to assist in the creation of the drawings for their monsters. When painting the kids used 3 values of one colour as a way to give their monsters a bit of dimensionality, something which is particularly visible on the spikes of the fur.
The Final Monsters: