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Zachary has gone to the dogs! The blue dogs. Although the 2011-2012 school year is just a few weeks old, hundreds of students attending Zachary Elementary and Copper Mill Elementary are becoming inspired in a new way by viewing the works of world renowned Louisiana artist, George Rodrigue at the LSU Museum of Art in the Shaw Center. Rodrigue is famous for his paintings of the blackened oak tree against vibrantly colored backgrounds and most importantly, his multiple paintings of Blue Dog.

To get the students and community excited and talking about the exhibit, Zachary Art Teacher Darryl Alello, created a contest called, “Where I Saw the Blue Dog”. Alello painted and cutout a 3 foot tall version of Rodrigue’s Blue Dog and contacted local business owners to help with the contest. Area businesses place the Blue Dog in the window of their establishment, and the students then must find his secret location and keep a log. The Blue Dog moves every few days to another undisclosed location for the students to find once more until the end of the contest on September 16. Zachary schools officials are receiving reports of parents driving their students around town on the hunt for the Blue Dog and the buzz on social media is growing. The district is even tweeting hints to followers at @zacharyschools.

The LSU Museum of Art, located at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge, is currently exhibiting Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River. After all students have seen Rodrigue’s work, each student will create their own piece of artwork in their art class and share what inspired them about the art.

This effort is evidence of the Zachary Community School District’s strong commitment to providing a rich and meaningful arts curriculum as a part of its diverse program offerings. The exposure of elementary students to visual arts has been expanded in recent years. In 2008, the entire 4th and 5th grade students from Copper Mill Elementary had a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the sculptures of world renowned, French sculptor, Auguste Rodin at the LSU Museum of Art. Each student created an inspirational sculpture in clay from what they had seen and learned after attending the exhibit.