This was one of my favorite lessons from last year, so I was really excited to do it again this year. We study peacocks and look at their bodies, feathers, etc – talk about the feathers and perhaps why they are designed as they are. We also talk a lot about the color wheel and analogous colors. I made students look closely at the color wheel and choose 4 analogous colors (including primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, they are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel).
Here is a good visual:
They drew while looking at peacocks, then they colored in their peacocks using oil pastels, in their analogous colors. BOY they sure did turn out great! These will be their Kids Kreations artwork.
Analogous colors image is from here.