There’s little reason to wonder why peacocks are a popular art subject, but I have never found an approach that I liked until I saw this layout at That Artist Woman’s blog. I love that you can easily see the face and feathers. I also tried finishing it off with a silver Sharpie marker for some added shine. Thanks for the inspiration Gail!
PREP: If you have a wide range of ages is your class, like I do, you make want to consider making a template to trace for the first step. Starting off with a head and neck that fill the paper really helps everyone get off to a good start.
- The peacock head and neck shape is drawn (or traced) in pencil.
- The bottom of the neck has some scallop shapes added to look like feathers.
- Eyes and beak are drawn in the head as shown.
- The body below is filled in with lots of feathers that continue off the paper.
- The drawing is traced with a crayon, pressing heavily so the lines really show up.
- The art is painted with watercolor paint.
- After the paint is dry, the edges of the peacock are traced with a silver marker.