Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Peacock Art

Wednesday. Art Day.

Inspired by our trip to the Arboretum, I decided we should look to peacocks for our inspiration for today's project. I looked around the web and didn't quite find anything that struck the right chord with me, so I "winged" it. I decided a mixed medium project would be fun, and the beautiful colors of their tails just called for some wax resist!

We started by tracing two hand prints on a sheet of white paper. We ultimately found that for the most balanced tail it was best to trace each hand, the left and the right, slightly overlapping.

Peacock Art

Now, flip the paper over!

Start drawing loose circles on your paper, fanned out like a peacocks tail. Looking at the colors in one of the feathers we bought in the gift shop, we went with purples, browns, blues, and greens. After drawing your circles, draw lighter green lines, and finish off with lots of yellow polka dots (the girls decided the flecks of yellow would best represent the iridescent gold in the feathers).

Peacock Art

Peacock Art

This part really freaked out Cecilia. I took a paintbrush and dredge it in black water color, and covered the paper. She started yelling, "No!!! Why are we painting it all black? We can't see the pretty colors!" And then she watched in amazement as the wax resisted the black paint, so that only the white paper turned black.

Peacock Art

While our papers dried, we started cutting out the body parts. A large blue oval for the body, a small green circle for the head, and a yellow triangle for the beak. We assembled the bodies and popped on a pair of googly eyes. Now, when your paper is dry, cut out the tail along the hand prints that you drew on the back of the paper. Glue it all together, and you're done!

Peacock Art

Voila! Petey Peacock and his crew. (Wait, what's the word for a family of peafowl??)

Peacock Art

2 comments:

Niffercoo said...

Lovely!! Where's the label for homeschooling? ;)

Gloria said...

Those came out great! Excellent job kids. Did you know that the peacock with the pretty feather is the male and the female is the ugly one! The opposite of humans....us woman are the more beatiful form/gender...lol...it's true!
I went to bermuda and go up close and personal with a peacock. I even took a picture of him.

Keep up the good work kids.