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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Blue Dog Inspired Animals!!!!

I am SO EXCITED to write this post!
We have been learning about one of my favorite artists, George Rodrigue, for the past few months.
Here is a video about his Foundation for the Arts!
He is dedicated to funding and encouraging art education programs all over Louisiana!



One thing Rodrigue says is that "Success is doing what you like and doing it for a long time."
 When he gives advice he says, "PAINT WHAT YOU LIKE!!" 


We watched lots of videos of George Rodrigue and the French Quarter in New Orleans where he lives and has his studio. His artwork records the folklore and history of the Cajuns in New Orleans! His famous Blue dog is a popular and fun symbol of New Orleans and inspired by a weird, wild, werewolf dog from a story he heard as a child! 

SO, to go along with Rodrigue's style of  painting what
  YOU LiKe,
 we painted blue dog INSPIRED animals. 

Yes, each child chose THEIR FAVORITE animal to paint

Some kids chose a dog, but we had bunnies, horses,owls,girraffes, bears,frogs,snakes, and even ostriches! 

My BIG BIG BIG
DREAM
is for George RODRIGUE to come VISIT OUR SCHOOL!!!since Houston is just a weeeeee tiny ways away from Louisiana 

Here are just a few of their Blue dog inspired animals!



First they drew them with crayons, and then painted with tempera paints and accented and outlined with oil pastels

They were all so unique and individual, I wish I could post all of them, but there are hundreds and hundreds. I did this with every grade level!





They are BIG BOLD and COLORFUL!! I just love every one of them and am so happy with how they all turned out!




























I cannot wait to display them all in our building and have a special Blue Dog Inspired Artwork Gallery walk with all of the kids!











6 comments:

  1. WOW!! What an awesome collection! I love seeing the different animals. My favs are the western animals and blue dog in front of a French Quarter style building...Love! What an amazing display you're going to have at school!

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  2. These are beautiful and inspiring. I am sure your show will be wonderful!

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  3. This is so funny to find your post!! we are currently doing Blue Dog Art with 3rd Grade and we cannot get enough. I cannot believe how much the students ADORE his work!! (ME TOO!!) Your projects are awesome! I can't wait to post our love for BLUE DOG ART TOO!!

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  4. These are fabulous! That's amazing you got them all to do the animals large on the paper. I wonder if you could email this link to George Rodrigue some how!

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  5. Just found your post and I am absolutely blown away by how wonderful and different they all are!! How on earth did you get the students to add such wonderful detail to their backgrounds?? LOVE!!

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