We spend the first class trying to figure out how Bucher makes his monsters just by looking at his finished art work. Then, I spread some ink on their papers using a toothbrush, and the third graders use a straw to blow the ink around and make a funky shape. Then our job is to use that shape as part of a monster we make up. Maybe the shape is hair or feathers or a mouth or something.
By the end, we take it step further by making up some context for the project. We fill out a questionnaire asking a bunch of random questions that prove the third graders are thinking about their artwork beyond just what it looks like.