Supplies: watercolor paper, pencils, erasers, sharpies, watercolor paints in blue or turquoise, green, & yellow. I used the liquid watercolors by Blick.
- Using a step by step how to draw (links below), the class drew with me, in pencil, a peacock big enough to fill the page.
- I went around the classroom checking for major problems and making sure students had erased their mistakes properly before handing out the sharpies.
- Students carefully sharpied over their pencil lines. Then we erased any place a sharpie line did not match up exactly with the pencil line.
- I gave students just three colors in liquid watercolor paint: turquoise, green, and yellow. I allowed them to paint the peacocks any way they wanted, though we did look at actual pictures and many chose to paint realistically.
This simple, but fun project was completed in about an hour with the younger students, but took close to two for the older group.
For the 1st - 3rd graders I used this how to draw.
For the 3rd - 5th I this more detailed version.