My Cool Canines and Fantastic Felines classes left the world of domestic cats and dogs and looked at some photos of sleek black panthers. With a wide age range, (K thru 6th) this lesson was perfect for everyone to feel successful. And as an added bonus, the children got to enjoy one of my favorite mediums, charcoal. Oh yes, it is messy for sure. "Miss Mary, I washed my hands and the charcoal is still on my fingers." "It's not art class, if you don't get a little dirty." : ) But they could see with just a little pressure and some circular blending, the panthers really "came to life." To avoid a completely smudged piece, we cut our wild cats out and glued them to a oil pastel and watercolor background. The children had free reign to create whatever type of habitat they wanted. I like the contrast of the dark panthers against their bright backgrounds.