Artists recreated kids' monster doodles -- and the results are adorable

The INSIDER Summary:

• Graphic designer and illustrator Katie Johnson founded The Monster Project in 2010.
• Kids draw monsters and professional artists illustrate them.
• Johnson hopes the project encourages creativity and exploration for young artists.

Katie Johnson, a graphic designer and illustrator, decided to teach elementary school students about creativity by asking them to draw monsters and making her own versions of their ideas to show them.

The Monster Project now pairs more than 120 professional artists with kids in order to help them unleash the imaginative monsters within.

The Monster Project was founded by graphic designer and illustrator Katie Johnson in 2010.

She did the first round of the project on her own.

She asked local second grade students to draw monsters.

Then she illustrated them herself.

She brought both versions back to the classroom and talked about the importance of creativity.

Now, there are more monsters than ever.

Over 120 artists from around the world participated in the project this year.

Elementary school students in Austin and Dallas were paired with professional artists.

The artists didn't stop at illustrations -- some of them made 3D printed figurines and sculptures.

The kids' names aren't listed for privacy reasons.

But their artwork speaks for itself.

Their imagined creatures range from loveable...

Johnson hopes to help the kids explore their perceptions of the world and get excited about using their imaginations.

They're good lessons to learn at any age.

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