4th graders learned about the legend of Blue Dog and how artist George Rodrigue came to paint this subject over and over again. We looked at some of his paintings and read a short bio on him. Then students followed along as I demonstrated how to draw the contour line of their dogs. Once their lines were drawn, students traced over them with a black permanent marker. They could choose to color in their dogs with any color, but whatever color they chose (be it warm or cool), they were instructed to choose the opposite color family for their background. Some students veered from those instructions, but the ones that followed them had eye-popping results. All of their dogs turned out gorgeous and they had so much fun using the oil pastels and creating their unusually bright and colorful canines!