Here are links to the three we watch:
This video is from an episode of CBS Saturday Morning
This is on teacher tube.
This is from a PBS documentary
I always download these videos to my real player so that there are no ads or unwanted pop-ups to deal with. I always preview them and make sure that they are school appropriate.
We discuss the loup-garou legend and we also look at the George Rodrigue Website. We think about how Rodrigue changed how he viewed the loup-garou that he painted as he heard patrons in galleries call it "blue dog" and how he uses this image to promote and support the ideas and causes that are important to him.
Then, the students are challenged. I asked them, "What is important to you?", "Do you have any special causes that you want others to pay attention to?", "What will the Blue Dog represent and support in your painting?" Students sketch their inspired versions of Blue Dog. The two things I ask for each artist to do: 1. Place your blue dog in a background that shows what you are passionate about in your life 2. Make sure you convey a message through your blue dog.
I do this lesson with third graders and most, thankfully, haven't had any earth shattering events in their life, yet. I do, however, emphasize that art is therapeutic and can help give you a voice and purpose. Most students choose to do a sport or activity to promote, but I did have a couple of students last year who chose to do their Blue Dog about breast cancer awareness. One had lost a mom to cancer and the other one had a mom fighting the battle.
Day 2: Draw lightly on large paper and sharpie lines
Days3-5: Paint or use colored pencils (I have a few students who dislike painting)
Day6: Finish up and add some strong lines with oil pastels or sharpie. Some students added some glitter and sparkle, too. Then, write an artist statement about your work and share with classmates.
I am one of many who post a Blue Dog lesson! I got this idea from pinterest, the site that saved me my first year teaching! I try to put my own twist and angle on every lesson and I appreciate all the bloggers and pinners out there sharing their ideas and lesson! Thank you for inspiring me!