I have long had an appreciation for Louisiana cajun artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013), famous for his colorful and graphic blue dog paintings. Here is a short video about him if you're interested.
My 7-12 year old students in homeschool elementary classes and Afterschool Art Club created their own giant blue dog paintings, complete with unique backgrounds. I walked them through the steps of drawing a blue dog, first in their sketchbooks, and then enlarged onto 12x18 thick paper. We taped off the edges so we would get a crisp white frame in the end. The kids used bingo daubers filled with India ink to create a bold outline around their dogs, then they used acrylic paints to add bright colors. We talked about color choice to create contrast and visual interest. What a fun project! Check out the slideshow of their work.
Jill Pearson, owner & instructor at Riverwood Studio, Oronoco, Minnesota