Because we can do anything with our imaginations and with art, the kindergartners made their artworks based on the idea that they really could have a zoo animal as a pet. To help them draw, I had photocopies of the kinds of animals from Good Night Gorilla. The students drew themselves and their pets in whatever environments they wanted to imagine.
The students colored the smaller shapes of their drawings with watercolor crayons, and then painted the rest with regular tray watercolors. We talked about how nicely analogous colors mix with one another, and students who were quick painters were encouraged to try this. I absolutely love these paintings and took lots of photos!