Legendary creatures are found in mythology or folklore, and are sometimes called "fabulous creatures." These mythical creatures are not just the "talking" creatures, clever animals able to communicate with human beings in our own language, like those that appear in Disney movies.
Many mythical creatures were believed to have supernatural powers, some good, some evil, powers that even in contemporary times have no physical explanation. In fact, legendary creatures came to symbolize the power of good or evil, or virtues and vices. Most cultures have some variation on these creatures, often with similar legends and cautionary tales.
Many mythical creatures are chimeras, combinations of two or more animals. For example, the griffin has the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle; Pegasus is the horse with wings found in Greek mythology. Some are even combinations of a human being and one or more other creatures: A centaur is a combination of a man and horse, a minotaur of a man and bull. The mermaid, or merman if it's male, has the head and torso of a human and the lower body and tail of a fish.
There are special books called "bestiaries" that describe the "beasts" of legend. Particularly popular in the Middle Ages, they were often illustrated with lovely pictures and accompanied by a moral lesson. They give a unique insight into the medieval mind.
Bestiaries feature beautiful illustrations and moral tales, some with religious overtones as mystical meanings are derived from supernatural creatures
These legendary creatures come in all shapes, sizes and characters. They have a variety of different abilities, some plausible albeit in an unknown form (like the single horn of the unicorn, or the monster that lives in the deep waters), others supernatural (like the fire-breathing dragon or the immortal phoenix).Some may have actually have existed in the past but have since become extinct. Others like the Loch Ness Monster or Sasquatch continue to be "sighted" and people continue to search for them while skeptics continue to seek to disprove their existence.
So, the origins of these legendary creatures are disputed and varied. But it is for sure that they have played significant roles in human society for hundreds if not thousands of years.
They have played significant educational roles, inculcating cultural values and norms. Many have been used by parents to discipline their children, for example there are tales of the scary Baba Yaga or the Yeti or the troll that captures and even eats naughty children!
For sure these mystical creatures stimulate our imagination and give substance to our desire to experience more than this physical world. For many people, whether they truly exist in physical form is actually secondary to their role as symbols of virtues and vices, challenges to be overcome by heroes, and reminders of the frailty of human beings in the face of the wonders of the world. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0buuSAbASCOcGVZVGdyeEk2NTQ/view?usp=sharing
After reading the information above, see Mrs. Lundgren to answer a question.
Generating Ideas Explore as many ideas as you can think of that relate to mythical and legendary creatures. Your creature may be ancient or modern. You can also come up with your own mythological creature.
Watch Top 10 Mythological Creatures Yet To Be Prove (also on Schoology).
Researching The aim of your research is to find inspiration that will inform the design of your work. It could be other artists’ work or images. Every culture has mythological or legendary creatures. Some popular cultural creatures include Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. Take some time to look at many different examples. Remember that you are going to only create the head of the culture and mount it on a piece of cardboard like a hunter would mount a deer head to hang on his wall. Choose a creature that will work well with this type of design. You can also include some other features. For example, if your creature has wings, you can place a pair of wings behind its head.
Write down your top 2 or 3 top legendary creatures, and save 2 photo’s or drawings of each creature. Draw 3 quick sketches of just the faces. Include some details like horns, etc. Turn in your sketches to Schoology
Write a 4 sentence paragraph about a dream world or nightmare that goes with your creature Remember you are telling a story that gives meaning to your creature. Be creative! Turn your paragraph into Schoology.
Final Design Watch the videoPaper Mache Dragon Trophy-Son of Maleficent on Schooology.