Of course, growing up has its benefits, but, in many ways, children are more brilliant than most adults. Children are far more creative as they have an unrestricted imagination that is not reduced only to the conventions of realism. Kids easily-peasily invent creatures that grown-ups would never come up with. Unless they are Adult Swim cartoonists. They embrace their naivete because they are not afraid to fail or seem unsophisticated. Unlike adults, they don’t care about social norms and the way their drawings are evaluated. Only mom’s or dad’s smile matters for them, and caring parents will always inspire their kid to explore the realm of imagination and create beings that are impossible for grown-ups, yet absolutely real for young ones.
Five years ago, Katie Johnson, a University of North Texas Communication Design senior at that time, decided to help kids maintain their sparkling imagination and show them many ways in which they could apply it in art. She started The Monster Project, a collaborative program aimed at giving kids more opportunities to use their creativity at school.