First of all, thank you elementaryartfun for the lesson idea!!!
Finally, we're done! 4th graders learned how to draw and paint eyes and noses realistically on small pieces of paper. When they were dry, we arranged and glued them onto large paper and continued the paintings! This gave them the opportunity to focus in on those features in detail without getting lost in the BIG picture :)
We connected this project with George Rodrigue's "Blue Dog" artwork, and talked about his work with the Red Cross and humanitarian efforts and the jazz community in New Orleans.
I think the kids had a lot of fun playing with the colors and they all seemed to connect to the subject! I hope they are as impressed as I am!
Here are a couple of PDF files I used to help explain how to draw an eye, and then how to draw the dog's face once we glued them down to the big paper: