Peacock Art Project for First Grade
Peacocks are truly glorious. I saw one roaming around on a recent trip to Maui. Just sauntering along…not a care in the world. I experimented a bit with this lesson before introducing it to my first grade classes. I tried cutting the peacock out (reinforces cutting skills) but this would involve an additional step of gluing the peacock onto another sheet of paper. Instead, I painted the peacock onto a large sheet of paper. The large paper size was a big thrill for the kids (18″ x 24″) but truly, I think the project would be equally as impressive and fun for the kids with a smaller sized paper.
Here’s what you need…
- Black Oil Pastel
- 18″ x 24″ Construction Paper (I used green)
- Gold, bronze, blue and red metallic liquid tempera paint (use metallic oil pastels or even metallic crayons for the same effect…or perhaps foil wrapping paper.)
- Green, light blue and navy blue liquid tempera paint
- Scrap piece of white paper
- Brushes and damp sponges
Drawing the Peacock
Using the black oil pastel, begin by drawing a dot or small circle near the bottom of the paper. This will be the eye. Here’s a trick for good eye placement: set your hand flat on the bottom of the paper with your thumb touching the bottom edge. Then, where your pinky touches the paper, draw a dot for the eye.
Draw a body around the eye. Add legs. Add bumps behind the body and finally, add big, big feathers extending all the way to the outside edges of the paper.