We read Satchmo's Blues by Alan Schroeder,
a picture book about Louie Armstrong as a child and his dream to own a cornet.
Before painting portraits of him, we looked at real photos of Louie Armstrong. My students loved his expressive nature and his big smile.
Armstrong grew up in New Orleans, so we also studied bright paintings of the French Quarter to make our backgrounds.
As we worked on our art, we listened to What a Wonderful World and La Vie en Rose.
I just LOVE how they turned out!