‘Blue dog’ painter Rodrigue brings art supplies to grade school

George Rodrigue (American, Louisiana, b. 1944) ‘Girl with Brown Hat and Blue Dog Under an Oak Tree,’ 1995, oil and acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery.

George Rodrigue (American, Louisiana, b. 1944) ‘Girl with Brown Hat and Blue Dog Under an Oak Tree,’ 1995, oil and acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Well-known “Blue Dog” artist George Rodrigue is delivering a year’s worth of art supplies to a Baton Rouge elementary school.

Rodrigue and his arts foundation are scheduled to make the presentation Thursday at Dufrocq Elementary, joined by local school board officials and Mayor-President Kip Holden.

While at the school, Rodrigue will paint with about 80 students.

Rodrigue’s program, called George’s Art Closet, gathers donations of arts supplies and money to buy those supplies to help Louisiana art teachers who have little funding to purchase paints and other items themselves.

Among the items donated to schools include scissors, paints, clay, construction paper, crayons, brushes, drawing pencils and more.

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