SU20 - Makman : ENGLISH 298 Fantastical Tales: Goblins, Ghosts and Golems

Below are some questions to consider when looking through the Resource:

As you look, consider:

  • What works are you particularly drawn to? What about them intrigues you?
  • Consider three works that drew your attention. How do you think they were made?
  • What feeling, mood, or thought do the works evoke for you?
  • Can you draw a comparison between what you have read or discussed in class to what you see in these works? What do they make you think of from class?


Visual artists use formal elements such as line, color, texture, and space to create and convey meaning:

  • Pick out one of the pieces that you focused on above.
  • Look at the form of the piece- how would you describe the colors? 
  • What words capture the quality of line in this work? 
  • What role does surface texture play, if any? 
  • How is space depicted?
  • Does the title of the work provide helpful information for this discussion?

1. Take a moment and think about what you notice about this selection as a whole (any themes, repeating patterns etc. )

2. Which work of art or artist is your favorite? Why?

3. Pick two works to compare and contrast. 

            a. How do the artists use line, color, texture, space to describe the character?

         b. In what ways do the two works have similarities in how they portray the "monster"? In what ways do they differ?

4. Pick one of the two works and write a short story/poem about what you see/the scene. (Something to think about for your writing: How does what you see inform you about what could have happened "before" or "after" the scene you see?)

This is a woodblock print on paper. There is a center figure with a blue face and is wearing a colorul robe with cloud motifs. He is holding a sword and is surrounded by five smaller figures. 
Zhong Kui (the demon queller) with five demons
woodblock print on paper
21 5/8 in. x 16 9/16 in. ( 55 cm x 42 cm )
Gift of Harold W. Stevenson, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus in Psychology
Devimahatmya manuscript page: The Goddess Ambika fights a host of demons
ink and opaque watercolor on paper
4 5/8 in. x 8 1/16 in. ( 11.75 cm x 20.48 cm )
Museum purchase, Acquisition Fund
This hand colored lithograph shows a chaotic scene with three, masked figures at the lower left surrounded by a variety of sea creatures: squids, octopusus, sharks and turtles. 
Ann McCoy
hand colored lithograph on paper
42 in x 30 1/16 in (106.68 cm x 76.36 cm)
Gift of Professor and Mrs. Edward J. Mitchell
This print shows a chaotic scene with a white skeleton in the center. In the upper left, there are a series of sea creatures, including a grey colored shark, pink colored squids and two octopuses in shades of orange. At the bottom of the print, the skeleton is surrounded by a large lizard, skulls, and other figures. A moon and stars are in the upper left corner. The print is signed (l.r.) "Underground Ann McCoy" and numbered "18/100" in red pencil.
Ann McCoy
The Underworld
hand colored lithograph on paper
42 in x 30 in (106.68 cm x 76.2 cm)
Gift of Professor and Mrs. Edward J. Mitchell
This image shows a line drawing of a standing figure. The figure has a large comb coming from the top of their head drawn with fanned-out lines and little circles along the top and wears a dress with a triangular pattern. He/she has arrows pointing downwards for arms. There are a few horizontal lines directly below and behind the figure to indicate shadow. The letter "K" is found at the bottom of the page, within the print plate and handwritten signature of the artist appears next to it. Below that is a horizontal line with the print edition and date in the lower left and the title of the work in the lower right.
Paul Klee
Die Hexe mit dem Kamm
lithograph on paper
16 in x 11 1/8 in (40.6 cm x 28.3 cm);22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in (56.2 cm x 46 cm)
Museum Purchase
This pink and tan print has a large photo of a teddy bear cake at the center, surrounded by abstract forms.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Animals as Aliens
photolithograph on paper
14 15/16 in x 10 in (37.94 cm x 25.4 cm)
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
The sleep of reason produces mosters (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos)
etching and burnished aquatint on paper
12 in x 8 in (30.48 cm x 20.32 cm);7 7/16 in x 4 11/16 in (18.89 cm x 11.91 cm);8 1/2 in x 5 7/8 in (21.59 cm x 14.92 cm)
Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
Harry Brorby
The Operation
lithograph on paper
22 1/16 x 30 1/8 in. (55.9 x 76.5 cm)
Museum Purchase
A child's head with a devil's hat on, blurry image.
Ken Rosenthal
A Dream Half Remembered
toned gelatin silver print on paper
13 7/8 x 11 in. ( 35.24 x 27.94 cm )
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH
A blurred image of a nude figure bending forward, the arms nearly reaching the ground.
Bill Jacobson
Song of Sentient Beings #1612
gelatin silver print on paper
36 in x 28 in (91.4 cm x 71.1 cm);36 in x 28 in (91.4 cm x 71.1 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
This ink drawing on paper has a black wash ground, with two figures drawn in opaque black ink. On the right, a comic figure, in only boxers and a pointed hat, dances. His right leg has been kicked through a television set that he holds with his right hand. Scissors fall from his left hand towards what looks like a two-slot toaster on the ground. A black, horned beast lurks in the background, holding a phone overhead that has two earpieces, attached together with no cradle.  In the background, a headstone-shaped form silhouettes the dancing figure.<br /><br />
The drawing is signed and dated in ink (l.l.) "KOSTABI 1984".
Mark Kostabi
As Long as I Don't Have to Get Up Before 11:00
ink on paper
24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm)
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the Nation Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services
Bust of a figure from the chest up in three-quarters pose. The head, or perhaps a mask, is white, resembling a skull with a halo of white hair. The neck is dark brown with two white bands like chokers around it, perhaps securing the mask. The figure wears a dark red garment that is trimmed in ornate lace in white and gold. The background is a deep teal green-blue.
Guillermo Meza
Ah Puch
oil on canvas
45 3/8 in x 33 7/16 in (115.2 cm x 85 cm);46 1/4 in x 34 1/2 in x 1 in (117.48 cm x 87.63 cm x 2.54 cm)
Museum Purchase


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