Children's Joan Miró inspired sculptures exhibited at Kingston Rose Theatre

July 9, 2018

SketchBetter introduces Quanadubully, Devilisha, Mr Chilly Pickle, Bullicus and friends as part of the Menagerie of Beasts - a collection of 18 colourful creatures, designed and made by sixty year 3 children from Alexandra Primary School in Kingston.


The 7-8 year old students have spent the summer term learning about Spanish artist Joan Miró and in teams created these beasts, inspired by his art and sculptural work. They are made entirely of recycled materials and have been specifically designed for The International Youth Arts Festival 2018. 

The exhibition is open throughout the International Youth Arts Festival in Kingston from 6-15 July 2018 at the Rose Theatre in Kingston - you'll find the beasts hiding in the Rose Theatre Cafe and on the first floor.

About the Menagerie of Beasts


This wild and beastly project began back in October 2017, following the success of the Super Humans project at IYAF 2017, where we created an exploding installation inspired by artist Cornelia Parker. This year Year 3 teacher Mrs Rachael Horrine saw an exhibition or Joan Miro's sculptures in Barcelona and inspired by the playful and child-like nature of Miro's style she had the idea that her students could create their own exhibition.


SketchBetter took the idea and created the Menagerie of Beasts. Led by SketchBetter's artist and papier-mâché extraordinaire Michelle Hazell, we first introduced the project to the sixty Year 3 children in an afternoon all about Joan Miro. They first created weird beasts by throwing dice to reveal a feature. The students then took part in a whole day of beast making: In the morning session the students worked in teams to design a beast and modelled them using recycled materials and (a lot of) masking tape. Then after lunch they spent the afternoon covering them in papier-mâché.


The SketchBetter art team then double secured any loose limbs and primed all 18 creations. Then it was time to paint the beasts and bring them to life. We chose colours most commonly used in Miro's artwork - the primary colours, green, black and white. The children then finalised their names and gave the beasts characteristics and personalities. 


Click on the images to read more about each beasts.