Just started a lesson with my third graders for their "Nature and Animals" unit. We are drawing John Nieto wolves, here is a link to some of his work http://nietofineart.com/ He is the artist that designed the poster for the 2002 winter Olympics.
We started by doing observational drawings (from various wolf photographs) and then we outlined them with Sharpie. Students then added some colorful highlights with watercolor marker.
Next week we will paint the wolves with various watercolor techniques such as wash, blot, drip, salt, wax resist, wet-into-wet. Then we will add some fur texture with oil pastels.