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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Peacocks, and Aboriginal Art, and Cool Names!

Ever since I shot this wedding,, I have been fascinated with peacocks! They are now my favorite bird! They really are magnificent! I decided to do a week of peacock paintings with kinder through fifth grade.


The kinder kids did a draw-a-long where we used a black marker to draw it, then they painted with tempera cakes and watercolors, following a color sequence. If you would like the step by step lesson plan with photos you can e-mail me and I will send it to you



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5th grade

Fifth grade made their paintings on large paper. They started with a sketch and we examined the parts of the eye. They painted the body with different values of blue

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They started with white for the feathers and after it dried, painted the colors on top. This alowed for the colors to be brighter as they tend to soak into the black paper and look dull.


They were allowed to create their own color schemes


Then added color on the white including silver, copper, and gold!


One of my VERY talented fifth graders made this for our district auction to raise money for the arts. He won a medal and an award for raising the most money on a single painting! This was painted with spray paint and oil pastels.


1st Grade

made chameleons!


Mother’s Day Cards!


Aboriginal Art

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This project was inspired by this most interesting instrument, the digeridoo!!

It was made by the Aboriginal people and has the most fabulous texture and designs to inspire my kids to create!!


We looked at symbols for inspiration

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Hip Hop Names


If you are like me, you are looking for simple one day projects for the end of the year….this is a good one kids love…one of my old students did the one above….








  1. Beautiful work! I've done dot paintings before - yours are very nicely done. I used the Crizmac unit, Australian Dreamings, to provide a lot of cultural/historical background. Where did you get your info?

  2. What a beautiful collection of work! I love your take on peacocks.I especially like the imaginative colors they used.

  3. WOW! These are all pretty magnificent, but that tiger is fabulous. I will have to remember to give peacocks a try next year. I have never had the kids paint them before, but I can see the potential for some beautiful designs! Thanks for sharing.

  4. These are really beautiful. I especially love the peacocks and The hip hop names, I might have to try this when I have an extra one-day class. What grade level did you do these with?

  5. I LOVE peacocks! I really love your students work! I will have to try the peacocks with my kiddios! Thank you for sharing!

  6. There are some great projects that I will be "borrowing" for next year! Great job!!

  7. I've been catching up on the week's blogs as I've been busy and almost missed this post. Everything is so gorgeous!! I want to do peacocks next year!

  8. thanks for all your sweet comments. I love doing a large scale painting every year with the kids and the peacocks were perfect! It was also fun using the metalic paints! @NAncy, we didn't do too much background on the Aboriginees since we are so crunched for time, just looked at books and google images. @ Ren, I did this with every level, just modified it differently and used the large poster size paper for the older ones and more references

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  11. Art is a way to showcase your thinking, your imagination and your expressions through painting. I am taking classes of Aboriginal Art. I love to paint and will definitely choose my profession in Art field.


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