My third graders are starting with this lesson this week. It's a great way to incorporate reading and comprehension in art. We start out by reading this short passage which is called What's in the Attic? After we read the story aloud I ask the students to describe Bill in the story.
After we have discussed each description the students receive a large piece of white paper and draw Bill using the story. The kids love it! The next day of art is when I show them my example..(students tend to want to copy my example) so I wait a day and allow them to create their own first. We use markers for color and I also have them create the attic.
Here is an example of what Bill could look like.