Level II-Art Lesson 2: The South Korean Wedding Duck
Learn to draw a duck and learn about an interesting South Korean wedding custom
The lesson is suitable for students in grade 4 through adult.
Art Lesson Description:
A Peace Corps volunteer brought these ducks back from Korea after working there. We found them displayed at an employment service that regularly displays artifacts people have purchased abroad.
The ducks are traditional wedding gifts in Korea, and a design from the Korean flag appears on the wing of the duck.
The lesson begins with the usual type of warm-up. After the guided drawing, students can finish the duck with acrylic paints. To dispense the paints to individual desks, let students put a small amount of paint in the tiny cups used to dispense pills or candy. A teaspoon of each color is probably all the paint you will need for one painting.
This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the duck.
List of Supplies for Each Student:
- 1 warm-up for the duck
- 11” x 14” watercolor paper
- 1 fine tipped black magic marker
- Masking tape
- A surface to tape the watercolor paper onto (a piece of 12” x 16” masonite works nicely)
- 2 watercolor brushes (#4 and #6 round)
- 1 bottle or cup for rinsing brushes
- Acrylic paints: 6 bright colors plus brown
- 1 small palette
Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:
Geography: Learn about the geography and culture of Korea at these sites. What surprises do you learn?
Learn more about wedding ducks and weddings in South Korean culture.
Find out more about wedding ducks at
Read about Korean weddings at http://www.mykoreanhusband.com/my-traditional-korean-wedding/
Watch a traditional Korean wedding ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUpHWtoMse8
Writing: Write about what you learned about Korean wedding traditions, or other Korean traditions at the web sites listed above.
The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo. Read the Korean version of Cinderella as you learn more about South Korea.
Welcome to South Korea by Patrick Ryan tells about Korean culture, climate, industries, etc.
Tales of a Korean Grandmother: 32 Traditional Tales from Korea, by Frances Carpenter.
Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:
- Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
- Finishing the drawing: 40 minutes
- Total time: 65 minutes