Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Monday, March 15, 2010

George Rodrigue - Blue Dog Painting Unit

On March 13 it was George Rodrigue's birthday! I wanted to share some of our Blue Dog inspirations with all you blog readers! You can go to Artsonia here and view our HCES gallery of Blue Dogs. We visited the George Rodrigue website and saw they had a student gallery. Guess what? I contacted them and on his website you can see our student's work! (look for Holy Comforter Episcopal School - Tallahassee, Florida) Ever so COOLZY. Click here to go to the student gallery on George Rodrigue's webpage. This webpage is jam packed with TONS of information. They have an educational packet that you can view here and download. This packet is fabulous...I tell you fabulous!!!!! Lesson Plans GALORE! I did download it while I was teaching the unit and was amazed at all of the information in this free packet! Kudos to George for looking out for folks like us art-education-teachery-bloggers to spread the word! I must admit this was such a fun time in the art room teaching in his style of painting. On Youtube you can find lots of current information on him to share with your classes to make it more real. We used 12x18 paper, pencils, and tempera paint. I taught this less from PK3-4th grade. It was a HUGE success!

Enjoy - Thanks for dropping by to visit! xox Kim 1969
George Rodrigue's Biography

Born on March 13 in New Iberia, Louisiana, to George Rodrigue, a brick-layer, and Marie Rodrigue. Remains an only child
Begins to paint and sculpt during a four-month bout of polio

Studies privately with Mrs. Keen in New Iberia
Enrolls at Art Instruction School and an intensive Art Correspondence Course

1962-64 Enters University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette as an Art Major (artwork)
Attends Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles as a Graphic Arts Major (
Returns to New Iberia when his father dies. Enlists in Louisiana National Guard. Marries Veronica Hidalgo

1968Art Director for an advertising agency in Lafayette, Louisiana
Leaves ad agency. Paints full-time. First exhibition at Arts Center for Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette. Governor John McKeithen commissions painting as Louisiana's gift to the Prime Minister of Quebec (
Exhibition of 69 Rodrigue landscapes at the Old State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge, sponsored by the The Louisiana State Arts Commission (
1971 The Aioli Dinner, Rodrigue's first painting with people, displayed at the Iberia Parish Library. First public exhibition in New Orleans at Reilly Gallery
1972 The Class, Rodrigue adapted this from the class photo (circa 1920) of his mother, Marie Courrege. As with his other paintings from photos, he moved the entire setting outside under the oaks, framing the class with the landscape (artwork)
One-week exhibition in London through Munchick & Franks Fine Arts (
1974 Miss Fourth of July of CarencroLouisiana included in touring "Watergate" exhibition of museums and galleries throughout Europe. Honorable mention with The Classin Le Salon des Artistes, Paris. Gold medal from the Academy of Literature, Arts, and Science of Rome (additional artwork)
1975 Jolie Blonde exhibited at Le Salon des Artistes, Paris. Produces first silkscreen (Jolie Blonde). Son Andre' born in Lafayette, Louisiana. Exhibition at Arvest Gallery, Boston, MA (artwork)
1976 Pellerin and Friends Sip Cajun Coffee chosen by Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards as official gift to the President of France. Book The Cajuns of George Rodriguepublished by Oxmoor House, Birmingham, Alabama
1977 The Cajuns of George Rodrigue chosen as official US State Department gift for visiting foreign heads of state during Carter Administration
Exhibition at 226 Decatur Gallery in New Orleans

Exhibition at Galerie Antenia in Paris features 
The Kingfish. Rodrigue dubbed "The Louisiana Rousseau" by Le Figaro
Exhibition at Provincial Hotel, French Quarter, New Orleans. Book,
 A Couple of Local Boys, published by Claitor. Son Jacques born in Lafayette, Louisiana
Commissioned by Edwards' re-election committee to paint 
Governor Edwin Edwards
1984 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument, a 12-foot-tall bronze sculpture, dedicated in Lafayette, Louisiana. Bayou (Inkwell), a book of forty ghost stories by Chris Segura, includes first Blue Dog painting (loup-garou)
Commissioned by The Republican Party to paint 
President Ronald Reagan (Reagan later donated painting to Louisiana State University) (artwork)
Exhibition at Upstairs Gallery, Beverly Hills, California. Exhibition at Moscow Summit, including portraits of Ronald Reagan and 
Mikhail Gorbachev. Commissioned by The Republican Party to paint Vice President George Bush and ten grandchildren (Painting hangs in Bush's private office)
The Rodrigue Gallery of New Orleans opens in French Quarter. Exhibition at Texas A & M Museum, College Station, Texas. Exhibition aboard Queen Elizabeth II transatlantic liner. Paints three Cajun Easter Eggs for annual White House Easter Egg Roll (
Cajun food served by Chef Paul Prudhomme at Grand Opening of Galerie Blue Dog in Carmel, California (
Painting demonstration at Paul Prudhomme Festival in Opelousas, Louisiana. At festival, meets Michel Roux of Carillon Importers, who commissions 
Absolut Louisiana for USA Today. Documentary, Rodrigue: A Man and His Dog, filmed with Whoopi Goldberg
Museum Exhibition at McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington, Illinois. Michel Roux commissions 
Absolut Rodrigue
The book 
Blue Dog (Rodrigue, Freundlich) published by Viking Press. 35-city artist tour. Exhibition at The Time is Always Now SOHO Gallery, NYC
Exhibition at the Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida. Commissioned by New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to paint 
Louis Armstrong. The book,George Rodrigue: A Cajun Artist (Rodrigue, Bradshaw) published by Viking Press
Exhibition at Union Station, Washington D.C. Commissioned by New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to paint 
Pete Fountain. Commissioned by Neiman Marcus to design catalogue cover for The Book (Butterflies are Free)
additional artwork)
Exhibition at the Gwinett County Arts Museum, Atlanta, Georgia. Commissioned by the Democratic Inaugural Committee to paint 
President-elect Bill Clinton and Vice-President-elect Al Gore. Marries Wendy Wolfe
Becomes sole owner of Rodrigue Studio in New Orleans (formerly The Rodrigue Gallery of New Orleans) and Rodrigue Studio in Carmel (formerly Galerie Blue Dog). Commissioned by the 
New Orleans Jazz Club to create 50th anniversary poster. Commissioned by Neiman Marcus to design catalogue cover for The Book (Hawaiian Blues)
 Blue Dog Man (Rodrigue, Brokaw), published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, NYC. 45-city artist tour. Commissioned by Neiman Marcus to design catalogue cover for The Book (The Millennium). George Rodrigue Museum opens at Acadian Village, Lafayette, Louisiana. Neiman Marcus, Michigan Avenue, sponsors three fiberglass Rodrigue cows during the Chicago Cow Parade
Commissioned by Young & Rubicam to create paintings for advertisements promoting Xerox Color Inkjet Printers (9 months). Book 
Blue Dog Christmas (Rodrigue, McAninch) published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. 25-city artist tour. Painting Me, Myself, & I in Louisiana fronts contemporary art wing at New Orleans Museum of Art. Commissioned by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to paint Al Hirt
God Bless America in response to 9/11. Exhibition at Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Book Blue Dog Love (Rodrigue, Rodrigue) published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. 25-city artist tour. Began painting in new studio in Carmel Valley, California
Exhibition at Opelousas Museum of Art, Opelousas, Louisiana. Exhibition at Uptown Park, Houston, Texas. Children's book 
Why is Blue Dog Blue? (Rodrigue) published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Receives CHILD Magazine Best Children's Book of the Year Award. 10-city artist/author tour. Begins Hurricane Series
Joins Advisory Board of the 
International Child Art Foundation. Paints Honesty to benefit ICAF. Commissioned by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans to createposter for the 15th annual New Orleans International Piano Competition. Joins children from 100 countries and 50 states to create a peace mural on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on September 11 during the International Child Art Festival.(additional information) The Robert and Jolie Shelton collection of early Rodrigue paintings donated to the University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The Art of George Rodrigue (Danto, Lewis), a 40-year retrospective, published by Harry N. Abrams, NYC. 20-city artist/author tour. Honored as Outstanding Alum of the University of Louisiana, with baseball legend Ron Guidry. Family Trait on loan to the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA for the exhibition, "Reigning Cats and Dogs".
Paints official Louisiana Governor's portrait for the Inauguration of Governor Kathleen Blanco.  Retrospective exhibition at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Retrospective exhibition at Pensacola Museum of Art in Pensacola, Florida. The Art of George Rodrigue wins a 2003 New York Book Show award for its jacket design. They All Ask for You chosen to represent New Orleans on the Smithsonian quilt commemorating the national tour of the musicalOKLAHOMA. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco exhibits Rodrigue paintings in the Governor's mansion in Baton Rouge. Inducted into the Louisiana "Order of Living Legends" by the Acadian Museum. Group exhibition at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA. Guest lecture at the Great Hall of theNantucket Atheneum, the historical library on the island of Nantucket.  Exhibition at the Preservation Institute, Nantucket, Massachusetts. Honored as Artist of the Year by the American Liver Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.  Painting Mother-n-law's House goes on permanent display at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art.  The Aioli Dinner and twelve paintings from the Rodrigue Xerox campaign join the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Group Exhibition at theAcadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, Spirit of Place:  Art from Acadiana. Rodrigue Studio hosts Rollin' on the River , a 3-day art adventure for 300 guests on the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen Riverboat, Dec. 3-6

Special three-day (April 5-7) Rodrigue exhibition in the Great Hall of the New Orleans Museum of Art (
click here to see images).  Unveils Bodies series with a 3-week installation at Rodrigue Studio, New Orleans (April 21 - May 15). Group Exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA, Spirit of Place: Art of Acadiana. Group Exhibition at the Robert Bruno Gallery, New Orleans, LAWeddings, Commitment and the State of Matrimony. Creates the official 25th anniversaryartwork for the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Exhibition, Blue Dog Bodies, at McClain Gallery, Houston (August).  Opens Rodrigue Studio, Lafayette, as a temporary gallery location following Hurricane Katrina. Creates We Will Rise Again to benefit the Red Cross in response to Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans. Rodrigue visits Tokyo for an exhibition of new works at the Blue Dog Gallery, celebrating ten years in Minato-ku.  Opens additional Rodrigue Studio location in Carmel, CA at the corner of 6th Avenue and Dolores Street
Group Exhibition, Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge (history of Lafayette Mardi Gras- 
image). Develops a campaign for New Orleans levee protection, sending a print to every member of Congress:  To Stay Alive We Need Levee 5. Rodrigue presents a check for $100,000 (raised from print sales for Katrina relief) to the New Orleans Museum of Art at its grand re-opening March 3; the museum exhibits Rodrigue's painting We Will Rise Again, which he donates to their permanent collection. Creates the official artwork and poster for the 20th anniversary of theTennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. Awarded the Southern Woman Magazine Spirit Award for contributions to the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. San Diego exhibition in Del Mar benefiting the Helen Woodward Animal Center Opens summer gallery exhibition in Aspen, Colorado. Group exhibition Got Cow: Cattle in American Art, 1820-2000, The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY (image). Donates Cut Through the Red Tape image to the United Way for use in promoting their 2-1-1 dialing system, which seeks to eliminate the red tape of reaching human service agencies following disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Receives the Humanitarian Award from the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Red Cross for money ($600,000, as of 10/14/06) donated from sales of We Will Rise Again. Rodrigue's 10-foot steel and aluminum 3-sided sculpture (image) becomes a permanent part of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, joining Robert Indiana's LOVEand Claes Oldenberg's SAFETY PIN in the contemporary garden. Receives the Lifetime Achievement Arts Award from the State of Louisiana at the Governor's Arts Awards in Baton Rouge. Joins with the New Orleans Saints to promote his print We Are Marching Again benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art
Presents a lecture series at the Phoenix Art Museum.  Group Exhibition, 
Paws and Reflect: Art of Canines, to be shown at seven museums in Bolivar, MO; Parker, OH; Canton, OH; Neenah, WI; Shreveport, LA; Kerrville, TN, and Spartenburg, SC (itinerary). Rodrigue paintings on permanent display at the new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Aspen, CO. Awarded the Dawlin' Heart Award from the French Quarter Business Women's Network for continued contributions to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Exhibition at the Old Courthouse Museum / Louisiana State Museum, Natchitoches, Louisiana, George Rodrigue:  Beyond Blue Dog, featuring the Saga of the Acadians, portraits from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Flora Levy Lecture Series, and post-Katrina Blue Dog paintings from The Dream Series, June 8th – November 17th info. Exhibition at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Museum, Memphis TN,  Blue Dog:  The Art of George Rodrigue, featuring more than one hundred paintings and sculpture works spanning forty years, July 29th - October 14th info. Exhibition Bodies, Rodrigue Studio, Aspen. Donations fromBlue Dog Relief surpass $1 million. Group exhibition Trail to Eagle:  the 2007 National Boyscouts of America Art Endowment Tour
Retrospective exhibition 
New Orleans Museum of ArtGeorge Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Forty Years of Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina. Exhibition Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL, Blue Dog. Publication of George Rodrigue Prints (Harry N. Abrams, New York), a catalogue raisonne. Release of 2006 vintageAmuse Bouche Wine, Napa Valley, featuring Rodrigue label artwork.  

1 comment:

  1. I can certainly see why this lesson was such a success - these are fantastic! What an inspiring teacher you are.