My students love it when we find a great art related book. The book Art Dog by Thacher Hurd is really fun.
Here is a synopsis from Amazon: “Someone has stolen the Mona Woofa from the Dogopolis Museum of Art and the police don’t even realize that they are barking up the wrong tree when they collar their number one suspect. So it’s up to Art Dog, the mysterious, masked painter who roams the streets of Dogopolis, to find the missing masterpiece. Zip! Splash! Smoosh! He paints himself a Brushmobile, and he’s off––on a wild and funny chase to capture the dastardly crooks.”
For this lesson, I did a directed drawing of the dog with the students.
Some students wanted to draw Art Dog in his paintbrush car, some in profile and some from a front view. I just asked the students to vote and did a majority. I always let students who have a plan go ahead and those who want the help can follow me. If they wanted to do a version that I had not demoed, I went to the student’s desk and showed them how to draw the dog. We used oil pastel for this lesson.
After the dog was drawn, students could color as they chose to. My only “rule” was that the background had to be colorful and there could be little or no white paper showing when they finished.