I was pleasantly surprised. I thought of this assignment all on my own. I love (as well as the students seem to enjoy) florescent colored paints. Perfect for Fauvism: : a movement in painting typified by the work of Matisse and characterized by vivid colors, free treatment of form, and a resulting vibrant and decorative effect (thanks webster online dictionary). Basically I told the students drawing a picture with totally expressive- non-realistic colors to paint. Based mainly on emotions and feelings rather than showing the true color of the object.
So, the students were given some pictures of animal heads that they could choose from to draw. After drawing, they painted using florescent colors of tempera. After the paint dried, they were given black oil pastel to outline as well as oil pastels to add some dimension to the animal so the color didn't look so "flat". Here are some examples of their work: